“Awareness is all about restoring your freedom to choose what you want instead of what your past imposes on you.” Deepak Chopra
Being authentic and honest with oneself is a powerful commitment because these qualities are the beautiful bond between Awareness and behaviour. True self-awareness is unattainable without authenticity, creating a divide between conscious and unconscious living.
Awareness is profound in that it allows one to consciously step into purposeful living, bringing the presence of mind, heart, and soul. This is not to say that a lack of Awareness denies people of real experiences within their lives; it simply means that a person may be less present and unaware of opportunities to enhance their quality of living. How you show up in each moment can be fraught with an ebb and flow of thought, feeling, experience, sensation, perception, and association, and by deepening Awareness, we can better understand ourselves.
“We are constantly invited to be who we are.” Henry David Thoreau
Awareness is the key to an area otherwise shrouded in fear and seeded in the mind that is ‘off limits’ or ‘dangerous.’ An excellent example of this is our interpretation and reaction to others’ statements or expressions, which leaves us feeling unfulfilled, lonely, and isolated rather than accepted, embraced, and understood. We are here to create a life of expansion and consciousness that facilitates belonging, love, acceptance. Developing Awareness generates these experiences.
It is vital to consciously understand that Awareness places one in a state of observation of all that is occurring; the ability to understand and feel without self-entrapment whereby the experience could be so engulfing there is no separation between you and the experience/feeling/thought/sensation. I liken it to narrating a footy game without being on the footy field. Another relatable experience could be the TV reality show ‘Married at First Sight’, which exemplifies how a low self-Awareness within some of the show’s participants can result in unconscious behaviour.
“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” Thich Nhat Hanh
The ability to utilise Awareness can feel like an expansion of time and space, opening a whole new paradigm to experience. Everyday tasks such as getting dressed, driving, scrolling, walking, or conversing can be performed mindlessly or mindfully; being self-aware of the whole body (mind, heart, and soul) in each moment provides you with a gift; an opportunity to live within your daily life wholly and healthily. Developing and embracing profound Awareness offers soulful meaning
to a purposeful life. Some have described authentic self-awareness as a freeing and liberating outcome. Now that is magical!