Our Unconscious Mind Keeps Us Safe

How many of us find ourselves distracted by thoughts that keep popping up in our head?

No matter how you clear your mind, your thoughts resurface.

For the last few days I’ve been thinking about fireman. Why? I don’t know. I just couldn’t stop thinking about them. This was starting to become a distraction.

Like all distractions the best way to free up your mind, is to take a few moments and create a simple action plan that works.

What to do?
a) Do I drive down to a fire station and humbly ask for incense safety tips?
b) Do I look for fire fighting dating sites? Is there such a thing?
c) Is my unconscious mind trying to tell me something?

Last night an apartment building adjacent to mine went up in flames. Helicopters, police, fire trucks swarmed the area. This went on for hours. I started to smell what could only be described as burnt plastic. Firemen were running everywhere! “Where is that hydrant?” “Right over there, about 400 feet away.” A number of us spoke to firefighters throughout the ordeal.

This morning I realized my fascination with fireman was more to do with a sense of something that was going to happen.

I wonder how much of our everyday thinking, feeling and actions are outside our conscious awareness? As much as we get distracted or consumed by similar circumstances, it’s heartwarming to know our unconscious minds are there to keep us safe.

Malcolm Gladwell — Did they know why they knew? Not at all. But they Knew!

Photograph by Briony Newman (C) 2014


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