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May 13, 2024

The Quantum Quandary: How Daily Routines Stifle the State of Presence

BY Marc Mathys
It’s a curious paradox of existence—our quest for order and predictability often leads us to establish daily routines, but these very routines can hinder our ability to be truly present in the moment. Quantum physics, a realm of science that explores the microscopic world, offers intriguing insights into this phenomenon. 
The Quantum Perspective 
At the quantum level, particles exist in states of possibility until they are observed or measured. This is the principle of ‘superposition,’ best exemplified by Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment involving a cat that is simultaneously alive and dead until observed. This quantum behavior is an incredible reminder of the boundless possibilities that exist in every moment. However, our daily routines often limit our awareness to a narrow slice of these possibilities. By falling into predictable patterns, we condition ourselves to expect certain outcomes, effectively ‘collapsing’ our superposition of potential experiences into a single, predictable reality.
Routines and the Loss of Presence 
Every morning, we wake up, brush our teeth, have our breakfast, and get dressed. These actions, repeated day after day, become so automatic that we often perform them without conscious thought. Our minds drift to past regrets or future worries, while our bodies mechanically go through the motions. This autopilot mode is the antithesis of presence. When we’re lost in thought, we’re not fully engaged with the world around us. We’re not observing, exploring, or interacting with the myriad possibilities that each moment presents, much like a quantum system that remains unobserved. 
Breaking Free From Routine 
The question then arises: how do we break free from routine and cultivate a state of presence? Quantum physics suggests the answer lies in observation and engagement with the present moment. Consider the act of brushing your teeth. Instead of letting your mind wander, focus on the sensation of the brush against your teeth, the taste of the toothpaste, the sound of the bristles. By consciously observing the act, you’re not just brushing your teeth—you’re experiencing the act of brushing your teeth. You’re collapsing the quantum superposition into a state of presence. 
The Quantum Leap to Presence Introducing spontaneity and mindfulness into our daily routines can help us escape the autopilot mode. This doesn’t necessarily mean we should abandon all routines—they play an important role in providing structure and stability. However, we should strive to approach them with a fresh perspective each day, fully engaged and present. 
Quantum physics may seem far removed from our daily lives, but its principles can provide a powerful framework for understanding our experience of reality. By acknowledging the infinite possibilities inherent in each moment and choosing to consciously engage with the present, we can make a quantum leap towards a richer, more fulfilling existence. 
Our daily routines don’t have to be a killer for the state of presence. With a quantum perspective, we can transform these routines from thoughtless repetitions into opportunities for mindfulness and engagement, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
 

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