One of the reasons many people come to me for coaching is simply the horrifying idea that they might wake up one day, like Sam Walton (Founder of Walmart) and share his last words... "I blew it."
The way I chose to deal with this whole idea was to decide that my life would be about coming awake and sharing that possibility with others.
One of the books that really fed my longing for more awareness and conscious action in my own life is Anthony de Mello's "Awareness." Please put this book on your 'read before I die' list. De Mello was a Jesuit priest, a delightful, spiritual - and very frank - man who cared about all of us knowing that it was possible to live life awake. He begins the book, which is a transcript of his lectures "Wake Up To Life" at Fordham University by saying we "are born asleep, we marry in our sleep and we die asleep." Not a new idea. One that many other teachers would agree with, from Don Miguel Ruiz to Jesus. The really horrifying this about this idea for me is that we can be asleep, but not even know it. Like in the film, The Matrix.
Watched The Matrix lately? It's interesting that first line.
Wake up, Neo...
Awareness for me is a commitment. I wanted to live 'awake' (I use that carefully, since it doesn't help me to think of an aware state as 'good' and other states as 'bad') so I could get off the merry-go-round of old mistakes!
It's been a tough road, an amazing road, a neverending road and the most fruitful decision I have ever made. I talk more about it on the show which you can listen to
My radio show on Awareness from December 23rd
It includes Anthony de Mello's 4 ways of taking action to come into greater awareness that you can try out for yourself.
So, to finish, here is the man himself...