One of my favourite characters in the realm of all things philosophical has to have been Gurdjieff. Gurdjieff was a bit of a Nomad himself zipping about Europe in times of turmoil, but that’s another story. What I’m interested here is an exercise of his that he said would raise self awareness, the exorcise of self remembrance.
It’s quite simple really, decide on a length of time to create a watcher of your own actions and see how long you can keep it up. If you try it you’ll find it’s not long before your mind wanders off on a tangent, thinking of anything but the task in hand.
To me blogging is an exercise similar to ‘remembering oneself’, the very act of recording your own actions on a regular basis is a great exercise in self awareness.
If this is the case then I have been fitfully unaware for the last few weeks. I have had excuses of course, the death of an old friend, too much booze thereafter, travel plans to make, but this is what any exercise in self awareness is about, being aware come rain or shine.
Anyhow, preparations to leave for Brazil on Monday are pretty much complete. I have had to order another lightweight sleeping bag though as the one I bought from Tesco was woefully humongous, the down that it was stuffed with must be coated with lard, bought some wonderful designer travel gear from T.K.Maxx for a song and am now twiddling my toes waiting for departure in a week.