Awareness will bring us closer to ourselves
Feeling, experiencing or noticing something is the concept of awareness. Another way to approach awareness is to be the observer of your experience. To simply notice what is happening and experience it with open eyes and an open mind.
Make note it does not include judgment. There is no need for judgment in awareness. It is not necessary to judge or categorize awareness. It is simply the practice of being with the moment. This simple notion is one of the most difficult concepts for most of us to allow. Allowing is a good first step. Letting go of control and just observing yourself and what is going on around you. Maybe you notice a feeling or sensation in your body in connection to what is going on around you. Observing this and acknowledging what you are experiencing is having awareness. An interesting practice of awareness is to connect with the empty space around you. There is always more empty space than space being used. Your mind can not make sense of this and so it remains silent and allows you a reprieve.
Awareness allows us to become more intimate with ourselves. Being able to observe and validate our own experience is very healing. It is a practice of acceptance, and with acceptance comes unobstructed knowledge. Knowledge of our true selves is a process in pealing back the layers of behaviors and asking ourselves why we do what we do. For every behavior there is an underlying belief. Learning what our beliefs are takes a dedication to becoming aware. Bringing breath and observation to the present moment embraces awareness which promotes a deeper relationship with our most authentic self.
This is the practice of non-duality. Accepting what is without constant labeling of right and wrong or good and bad allows you to take a look at yourself more clearly. Once you begin to judge you close your mind and heart off to being able to allow for greater understanding. Imagine being able to provide understanding and acceptance to yourself.
Bridgette DeBoer M.A., is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, marriage and family therapist intern. She can be reached at 450-6632.