I did a lot of talking around creating awareness in last week’s post so I thought it might be important to dive into how exactly one does that. Awareness is a key component to creating change, but just like most things worth having it takes work to encompass. Yes, we are knowledgeable of most things we do but having awareness around something couples knowledge and perception with ones senses. The ability to feel, hear, see, taste, and smell what is going on as it is happening. Awareness is having a deeper connection to the environment and reacting to it accordingly. When we start to utilize our senses in this way we naturally start to think and act differently about everything. It’s as if things open up to us in a whole new way. Like a baby who walks for the first time or is introduced to a new food. Suddenly something you once thought of in a one dimensional way becomes complex, robust, and full.
So how does creating awareness make us better? Some might argue it allows room for unnecessary chatter within our brain. The idea that things become too complex and in turn confusing. I would like to argue that it gives us a better understanding into all that is happening around us, pushing one to consciously take into consideration their space within the world. In my opinion it ultimately controls the way you show up to life.
When I am aware of my space, my attitude, my energy, I find that not only do I typically feel better but I usually am better with everyone that is around me. I communicate more effectively, I think clearer, my energy levels are up, I become more open, and I let so much more in. I am able to recognize things that are most likely to serve me best. And, on the flip side it gives me the opportunity to recognize what doesn’t serve me and what I need to create change around. This is probably the most important point, because how can change be effective without awareness of who, what, when, where, why, and how?
Creating awareness also helps someone to show up for others in the best way that they can. Making the effort you exert in life meaningful and impactful. You experience life in full capacity and encourage others to do the same. You become curious, more engaged, and more alive.
I know earlier I said it takes work to accrue, but in all honesty it doesn’t take “hard” work to create awareness so long as you are interested in not solely surviving but in actually experiencing. As you go through your day I challenge you to stay present and alert in all that you are doing. There will be many things you do that have become part of your subconscious, and this is most likely where the “work” will come into play, but even here I ask that you stay conscious. On your daily commute walking down the street or on the subway, walking into your work environment, your disposition when speaking to colleagues and or clients, when you are having lunch, while you are running errands, in a meeting with your boss, in a meeting with your constituents, on the phone with your loved ones, meeting up with your friends for happy hour, during your mid-day work out, on your run commute home, when you see your significant other, while you are walking the dog, when you’re sitting in solitude watching Netflix, just before you go to bed. Heighten the level of experience within your day.
What do you recognize is working for you and what do you recognize is not? Are you living better? Do things become easier when you stay consciously present with them? Are you making better decisions? Keep a running list of these changes, perhaps in the same notebook that you are writing down all of the things you are letting go of. Take note of what connections can be made between the two lists. It is possible now that awareness is created around the fact that you officially have a journal, or not. Either way, these simple steps are moving you forward toward the life you’ve always imagined.
Celebrate your success by truly living!