To be conscious is to be actively aware of our steps, our thoughts, words, actions and surroundings.
As unlikely as it might seem, much of the time we spend each day is spent...not necessarily UNconscious...but on auto-pilot, or being directed by the subconscious mind. We are not ACTIVELY AWARE of the moment we are in. Being in this state is like tap dancing on a slippery slope.
Have you ever driven down the highway deep in thought only to realize that you've missed your exit? That would be a slippery slope situation. Have words come out of your mouth in a state of reactive anger or frustration...words that you can't take back? Slippery slope again! Impulse buying is yet another slippery slope. And do you find that sometimes in school or church and suddenly seem to be jolted back into the room by a loud sound...wondering where you'd been?
By definition, a slippery slope is a course or situation regarded as easily or inevitably leading to further decline or deterioration.
Metaphorically speaking, imagine that you see ahead of you a hill that is covered with ice. If you were consciously aware, you would most likely not want to venture out onto it...especially is there was a rocky landing at the bottom of the hill.
On the other hand, if you were oblivious to the danger, you'd just trot out there without a second thought. And, if you were like others, who see but choose to disregard the precarious situation ahead would see the shiny surface and put on the tap shoes to tap across.
"Not me!" you declare? If you've never careened down a slippery slope more power to you! As for the rest of us, the best way to avoid the slippery slope is to pay attention...and remember, "you're never too broke to pay attention!"
Staying consciously aware is simple but not easy. A great way to start is by beginning each day with a brief time of prayer, meditation and journaling. This helps to "ground" you and get your problems off of your mind, refocusing on the goodness of life.
To stay consciously aware during the day, you can wear a special piece of jewelry, to remind you each time you see it or touch it to slow down and come into the "now" moment; to regain consciousness. Another option is to put a rubber band around your wrist and from time to time give it a little "snap" to bring you back to the present moment. Another is to write a powerful affirmation on a piece of paper and carry it in your pocket; something like, "God's plan for me is only good and nothing can keep my good from me." or "I'm alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic NOW!" or "My mind is One with the all-knowing Mind of God."
Healthy food and a good nights' sleep is a great way to prevent fadeout during the following day. Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, would spend time before he went to sleep each night forgiving anyone he may have real of perceived offenses with, as well as himself. It is said that he slept very well!
So, my friend...to avoid unnecessary pain, suffering and embarrassment, save those tap shoes for the dance floor, and have a great day today!