On Being an Open System



We humans are systems-driven. We have systems—circulatory, skeletal, respiratory, and nervous systems, to name a few. And we are part of larger systems—families, teams, communities, and industries. The systems of the human body vary in how open or closed they are, meaning the degree to which they receive input from other systems. The whole project, though--the whole human--is an open system.


The Good News About Being An Open System

We humans are built for constant change. We lose billions of cells each day and gain billions of new ones. We go through developmental changes that include hormonal and physical changes. In addition to the changes programmed into our genetic code, we have the capacity to continuously reorganize ourselves based on the influence of external factors.


That capacity is the good news.


The Neutral News That Comes With It

We have the capacity to continuously reorganize ourselves--our identities and behaviors--and in fact we do it all the time. The capacity is the good news. The neutral news is the bit about doing it all the time. Depending on how much intention--not to mention genetic and situational luck you happen to have--results vary. In other words, you are reorganizing all the time, either accidentally--passively--or on purpose--with intention.


Your Brain is Constantly Reorganizing Itself

I frequently say: We become what we practice. And I mean that literally. Our brain's neurons and networks are constantly reorganizing themselves. We are in a constant state of becoming due to what we think and say and do, and of course external factors that influence us.


Reorganizing Yourself With Purpose

You may recall the "I'm the kind of person who . . . " exercise. For example, you're the kind of person who reads a blog like this. What were you doing yesterday at 7pm? You're the kind of person who does that. At 7pm. Everything you do is noticed by your brain--maybe not by you, consciously, but by your brain. All of those things you do create you are after you've done them. After all, you're the kind of person who does those things.


The Key to Everything: Awareness

If you are to craft the kind of person you want to be, you first must notice who you are and how you are being. You must first be aware enough to notice that you are a certain way and you are a certain kind of person. Otherwise, you are living your life by accident and creating your future self by accident. Now, that might work for you just fine. But methinks you wouldn't be reading this if that were the case.


Bringing mindful awareness into everything you do and every part of your experience positions you to notice who you have become and be at-choice with who you want to be. It moves you from the passenger seat into the driver's seat of your life. It allows you to craft your future self, moment-by-moment, starting . . . whenever you're ready.


Join me. Discover who you are and decide who you want to be. And if you want to explore the types of awareness practices you'll be learning, feel free to enjoy and share these guided meditations!


May you be at ease . . .


MM