One thing most all seekers and philosophers agree on is that in order to flourish, we must live consciously. A great illustration of what it means to live unconsciously is found in writer David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College. In it he described two young fish who meet an older fish swimming in the opposite direction who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” The young fish swim on for a bit, until one looks at the other and says, “What the hell is water?” We get our beliefs the same way we catch colds, from being around other people, in real life or through the media, television and the internet. It’s so easy to pick them up, we often don’t know where they’ve come from and rarely question whether they’re good for us. To live consciously is to be aware of the water that surrounds us.
When we live consciously , we stop allowing external forces to drive our actions. Living consciously is our natural state. We return to it when we remove the obstacles when we value interconnectedness , recognize our biases and false narratives and bring intention to decision-making. Returning to this natural state, we become less impeded from loving,
learning, and playing.