Illustrating a Consciousness Cycle

Whiteboard on Consciousness Cycle

At Angelo State, I am teaching a freshman seminar for 25 students under the title “Presence and Mindfulness.”  This is a 1-hour 8-week course for new students.

The photo above captures the whiteboard drawings I completed today as I lectured on two ways in which we behave toward ourselves, others, and the world, with consciousness or without.

I’ve written in other places about my teaching and the values of consciousness and courage here and here.  But I’ve always discussed the benefits of wakefulness or mindfulness in positive terms.

Today in class, I wanted to contrast these behaviors with their opposites to help my students see the consequences of falling into the dream state of an unconscious life.

Ultimately, I argued, the value of contemplation practice is the development of a wakeful attitude so that we can activate our moral imaginations as we develop our decision-making capabilities, as well as our confidence, to further encourage ourselves to not fall asleep on ourselves, others, and the world.