Thought Bite: Being Conscious

My meditation teacher, Swami Veda Bharati, more than once, said that most people go through their lives sleep walking. On first thought, you'll likely disagree; I did. However, when I thought about it deeper, I saw it was true. I've come to see that rather than choosing my actions, more often than not my reactions to situations are based on past programming. This programming is from a million sources, ranging from the behavior of my parents when I was a child to the actions of certain characters I like in television shows I've watched. The crucial point, however, is that it is rare that I am so awake that I can distinguish a reaction based on past programming from a true response to the situation I am facing in the moment.

It would not surprise me if others do the same.

If you would like to check this out for yourself, here is the process: Observe your thoughts, emotions and behavioral reactions to events in the world very closely, and notice how you react to your own thoughts and emotions, how one emotion springs from another and leads to a behavior without intervening conscious awareness nor thought. By doing, you might see how automated your actions are, even those you thought were freely chosen. When we react unconsciously, in effect we are asleep and are not using our native intelligence.

On the other hand, you might discover something completely different.

If you do this experiment, please let me know what you discover in your comments. I'd love to have this be a conversation.


19 Dec 2021;
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Full Moon Meditation 2020