This article was written by Gini Grey, who is a Transformational Coach, utilizing a powerful blend of coaching, counseling and spiritual energy tools in her individual sessions, workshops, books and CD's. For more information go to www.ginigrey.com.
Being your authentic self, feeling the power of life flowing through you and viewing the outer world with nonattachment puts you into the place of awareness itself. Awareness is empowering as it allows you to see yourself and the world as they really are, without filters, expectations, and judgments.
By simply being aware of what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing in any given moment without trying to change it, you relax and accept what is. You soften, you let go of trying to control everything and everyone, and you move deeper into your true nature. This is the place where peace and power meet.
With awareness you know where the boundaries lay between you and others; which emotions are yours and which belong to someone else, who's problems are who's responsibility, what you want versus what someone else wants for you. With awareness you know what your truth is and what is a lie; whether the beliefs you've been carrying are based on your highest truth or on the conditioning and programming you've been raised with.
Awareness allows you to see the bigger picture, to know who you really are, to let go of what is not you, to change what is not supporting you anymore, and to create and manifest what you truly want to have in your life. Are you ready to open your inner eyes and be more aware?
* On average, how much awareness do you have of your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions? If you were to rate your level of awareness on a scale of one to ten, with one being almost no awareness and ten being full awareness how would you rate each of those areas?
* Do you react to life's events, circumstances and other people's behaviors or do you stop to notice what is really going on before you respond? What triggers you into a reactive mode? What supports you in being non-reactive yet responsive?
* How does being aware of your thoughts, emotions, sensations, judgments, reactions, beliefs and so forth support you in life? Where would it benefit you to bring more awareness into your life?
* Bring all of your awareness into this present moment. See, hear and smell everything that is around you. Become aware of what you are thinking. Connect with the sensations in your body. Tune into the emotions you are feeling at this moment. Notice if you are trying to avoid a feeling or create a certain feeling. Without changing anything, just sit for five minutes in the pure state of awareness; noticing, witnessing and observing what is going on around you and within you.
* Close your eyes and bring your awareness fully to your inner experience. Notice your breathing, the sensations in your body, any emotions wanting attention. Rather than thinking about anything, just watch thoughts float by. Then go deeper into the awareness of who you are beyond all of these thoughts, sensations and feelings. Be awareness itself.
* Set your intention to bring more awareness into your life. Pause throughout the day to be more aware, to notice what is going on in and around you. Be aware of judgments and where they are coming from. Be conscious of anything you are holding onto or trying to control. Observe your reactions with neutrality. As you do this see if you become more peaceful and empowered.
"To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright."