Direct Democratic New Currency

There’s that old saying that goes something like “You vote with your money,” but it goes way beyond that. Because attention and presence are the new currency, this means we are voting with our minds each day.

The New Currency

Every action is a vote as to where we want to be in our lives, a vote towards one of literally billions of paths our lives could take. Our thoughts, feelings and emotions are the exchange.

If you put your attention and presence toward eating a burger when you know you should be eating a salad instead, you’re voting for that burger and everything that comes with it in terms of your health and digestion. If you decide to ignore that homeless person instead of drop a few coins their way you’re voting as to the kind of being you are and what you care about. When you put your attention to thinking about the past or future you’re voting not only about your thought patterns but also you’re voting to stay out of the present, the moment. The list goes on but I want to emphasize that these things I’ve mentioned are not examples of one doing something inherently bad/wrong. Each of you have your own moral compass and you are your own judge of what is and isn’t right. But I would like to mention something that bothers me a little.

Now, when I talk to friends and family, I don’t like to just do a glossy once over small-talk conversation, I like to dive into conversations and ask a lot of questions, a lot of why and how. And it slightly horrifies me when I’m asking someone “Why?” and they say “I don’t know.” Huh? For a while I didn’t understand when someone said that. For a while when someone said that it was rather frustrating. But now, through meditation and reflection I’ve looked back at certain moments in my life and I know I said or thought the same thing. I don’t know why I’ve done some of the things I’ve done. And I’ve come to discover when that happens in myself and others, we’re on autopilot which leaves us vulnerable for someone/something else to pilot the vehicle that is our mind and body. When someone says “I don’t know” when asked why or how it almost always means they weren’t thinking, that they weren’t fully conscience of their actions. If you don’t know who, what, where, why, when and how you’re voting, something’s up and you need to figure out why you don’t know, unless you’re ok with not being fully aware of the decisions that are leading you toward certain paths in your life. That’s ok too.

Attention and presence are the new currency, although, if you think about that notion, it’s really the oldest and most used currency. Problem is, many of us have forgotten it to be as such. Which is ok, but it doesn’t hurt to remind people once in a while.

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