With our busy North American schedules, where we are doing many tasks at once, it becomes normal to be out of control of your mind. Your mind instead rules you and your body seems to move on autopilot. In fact some people actually disassociate from their bodies seeing their bodies as a separate entity all together.
An easy way to begin moving yourself into consciousness is to regularly check-in with yourself throughout the day and have mini-meditation sessions meant to work towards being inside of your body, without thought.
Try it now.
Take 30 seconds, right at your desk, or at the bus stop, or where ever you happen to be.
Just be where you are without thinking about it. Practice being aware and conscious without thought. When a thought pops into your mind, as it will due to constant habit, watch it float by.
Feel what it feels like to have no thoughts and continue to work on achieving this state by practicing this exercise many times through out the day.
Eventually, with practice, you will be able to simply be inside of yourself without the relentless steam of thoughts that keep you from consciousness.
*Why is this important? It is important to be conscious; to know how you are feeling, in order to be in control of your life and to make decisions that are closer in alignment with your unique purpose. If you are constantly moving unconsciously you are constantly moving away and outside of your self.*