Words and concepts break this wholeness up into imaginary parts (“the traffic,” “the sound,” “my ears,” “my brain,” “me”), and soon we are hypnotized by this conceptual picture of solid, separate, disconnected things. We focus most of our attention on that conceptual map-world and overlook the living reality of ever-changing hearing, seeing, sensing, perceiving, awaring, moving, breathing, being. This living reality Here / Now is seamless and unbound, never apart from us, always most intimate. It is actually inescapable and totally obvious, but by focusing mainly on the conceptual map, we consistently overlook our actual experience in favor of our ideas about it, and in the process, we become increasingly rigid, fixated, limited, frozen, confused and out of touch with our own life force and our own deepest truth. It is from this suffering and delusion that all genuine spiritual practices, along with many other practices such as somatic awareness work, endeavor to awaken us.