The Anxiety of Awareness

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“Being awake in a condition such that your conscious awareness does not often lapse, perhaps the most natural reaction is also the most paradoxical: anxiety, verging onto moments of near-panic. To be temporarily lost in the contents of consciousness is really just a kind of comfort blanket, allowing you to forget your true identity, and thereby freeing you from the responsibilities of high consciousness itself. As Soren Kierkegaard observed, this is a natural reaction to the initial realization of freedom. The antidote, if practiced diligently, is quite useful: Simply remember to keep breathing.”

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