An Introduction to Self-Awareness
Why would you focus on expanding your self-awareness and what exactly is it anyway? Isn’t it happening regardless?
Our personal growth is in fact moving forward no matter what our subjective experience feels like at the time. However, the mind clouds us from seeing what is truly happening. So if we just intend to start knowing more about our personal process, we can more consciously participate in its progress and become more self-aware. This self-awareness is the beginning of a joyful and loving life.
In the beginning, it may feel a bit daunting as you start to see how you are thinking, how you are feeling and how you are treating yourself and others. You may not like it at all and desire to turn it all off. That is a natural aspect of growth. Allow it. Sooner than you think, those u-g-g-h moments will be fewer or you will glide through them more effortlessly. You will have moments of realization about yourself that you can then acknowledge and let go. These ‘ahas’ lead to more ‘ahas’ and life changes very profoundly into a more peaceful, allowing state. The challenges of life may continue but you no longer become a prisoner of your emotions and mental constructs. You more easily accept them and move on by creatively finding new and better ways of achieving what you want. Although you may be nurturing personal development skills like self-esteem and self-confidence, you will move beyond this stage of progress to another level of experience; a more mature consciousness.
There are numerous qualities that will emerge by starting on the path of self-awareness. Here are just a few:
The first thing you can do right now and over the next couple of days is to make the intention to be more willing to be open to change. This may seem easy to say but is another matter in reality and forms the foundation of your transformation to freedom in your personal development. All intentions set in place a new pathway in motion and begin to manifest instantly whether you are aware of it or not. If it all seems a little overwhelming, you can choose to take on the changes one at a time.
The other aspect I would like to mention is that if you think you know meditation, reserve that idea for now, and allow yourself to be innocent and approach True Meditation with fresh new eyes and mind.
So tonight, after you are nicely tucked into bed and about to go to sleep, bring this intention in mind and see yourself already successfully flowing with it easily. In the morning upon just waking, envision the intention again for a few moments. Then go about preparing for your day and be open to being pleasantly surprised.
A spiritual artist and meditation teacher.