The wailing of the sirens blended into my consciousness.  I was half awake and half asleep.  Struggling into wakefulness, the need to possibly walk downstairs to the basement helped me to awaken.  The alarm clock read two o’clock!  The sirens continued to blast away. 

I jumped out of bed, listening for any sounds of wind, rain, hail or a roar of a tornado. 

Nothing.  Just sirens.

I looked out the window.  Only the nearly full moon filtering through a hazy sky.  No wind. No rain. No hail. Certainly no tornado.

The sirens faded away.  I listened to the weather radio.  Only a routine forecast with no watches nor warnings.

Hmm!  Back to bed.  Try to get back to sleep.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that if you are abruptly aroused from the deepest sleep, that it is difficult to settle back into slumber right away.  You feel the aching need to sleep, but the mind remains alert.  That’s the space I found myself in a couple of Saturdays ago.

I eventually resorted to a mental body scan relaxation technique and managed to doze off again.  I awakened, on my own at my usual time feeling partially refreshed but mostly dull.

I thought about my Hindu friend Variya as I prepared coffee.  He always had a pithy saying to fit any situation.  He would probably quote the Bhagavad Gita’s saying, “For he who has no tranquility there is no concentration”.  Yes, that is nearly perfect.  In addition, Variya would likely say there is no cheerfulness, either.

On an individual level, consciousness means to be aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts and surroundings.  It can also mean the collective mode of thinking and emotional feeling of a social group of people.  You might say the moral consciousness of a people.

If I am less able to concentrate and work on a project, such as this essay, then the result will be lacking in some respect.  In order for me to complete this post, I will need something more than coffee to spur me on.  I’ll need to better concentrate on the task at hand.

The same goes for society at large.  It seems that the usual state of public consciousness is rather off the mark, most of the time.  We are easily distracted by entertainments.  As far as serious issues, we seem to go along with the most strident spokespersons and pundits.  We prefer to go along with whatever seems to blend with our own opinions.  To let down our mental guard seems too upsetting and uncomfortable.  We’d rather stay in our snug little comfort zones.

I can’t do anything for my own state of sluggishness except to possibly take a short nap later in the day.  Then, barring another encounter with the air raid sirens, I can plan a full night’s sleep to enable an alert, productive day to follow.

Regarding society?  There’s not a lot to be done.  Perhaps, one by one, a person here and there will dare to awaken, too?


The Blue Jay of Happiness likes this quote from the Bhagavad Gita, “One falls down when reasoning is destroyed.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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