- Our mood colors our objective experience, and we personalize everything that we see. “We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
- Our desires and aversions influence how we respond. Or as an Indian proverb goes: “When a thief sees a saint, all he sees is his pockets.” – we can get lost in a sea of desire and push away from things that might otherwise instruct us
- Our tension and stress build up in the body without us realizing it. Tension and stress can be debilitating and create dis-ease
- Our vision is diverted, so we may miss the smile from a stranger, the laughter of our kids or spouse, a light wind on our skin, landscape, someone’s hurt, joy, or pain
- Our gut feelings and crucial information needed to make good decisions, about a potential business deals or partners.
- Our experiences are colored by rumination of past hurts, regrets, and long after they are over, and we miss the present
By directing our attention to the moment by moment, purposefully, we get found in every given moment. We get to understand better what we value, a cherished memory, a different cultural background, intention, and our emotional states