Life is Better When You’re Awakened
Self-awareness is the first stepping stone to discovering the ‘best, true, version of you.’ Learning to focus and direct your attention inward is a discipline, but once established it gives you insightful learning and growth.
When I first begin coaching or counselling with clients, it becomes quite apparent how unaware most people are when it comes to their own thought process. Your thoughts have great power over you positively and negatively, making it more relevant you have an awareness of what your thoughts are saying and how they’re influencing your life.
Being able to self observe is to practice focused concentration and then examine those thoughts without any analysis, judgement, bias or attachment towards one self. This can also me called practicing mindfulness.By mastering this mental skill, can also be of value to you by observing others, adding great insight for building better and more meaningful relationships.
When you are able to step back from your thoughts and observe them you can edit any thoughts that maybe leading you into a negative place, by simply changing the thought. Using this skill allows you, the observer self to effectively report back any thoughts, emotions and behaviours in a detached and unbiased manner. It empowers you to make better choices and decisions, providing greater possibilities and opportunities and greater results.
The benefits of mastering self-awareness are many. By providing more clarity and objectivity this improves communication and removes the personalisation and self-criticism which will only encourage more destructive and negative outcomes. Because the process is emotionally neutral it provides a more anchored maturity, bringing an inner wisdom and open mindset.
To begin simply be the ‘watcher’ and ‘listener’ of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours without any attachment, like you’re watching a movie and you are the star. Be totally present and notice what you observe without labelling or attaching any meaning or judgement. Write down what your watcher of ‘You’ observes, bring it into full awareness. Challenge the thought/s by asking yourself if this is true for you. If not, change the thought.
Use self-awareness to remove yourself from your stressful thoughts and emotions and create a more calming space for yourself, simply by choosing a different thought. As you extend your awareness into your daily activities and work, become aware of what you focus on and where your attention goes. Often you will find that your mind is not focused on where it should be!