The Importance Of Building Self-Awareness

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Look at the words that we speak. This one might sound silly because we already “know” what we say. How can we ‘see’ words? But we might be surprised to see the untruths and lies in those words. Many of the words we speak come out as an automatic reaction of our belief system. Being aware of our words can reveal a great deal if we know what to look for. How many times have we said, “He/she makes me angry?” We don’t control other people’s emotions, so it’s unlikely that others are the only factor determining what we feel inside. When we use phrases like “He/she makes me feel,” we expose lies in our belief system. It’s often hard to see these beliefs as lies because they appear to be true in the heat of emotion. We wrongly attribute the cause…show more content…
The first and most critical step in this process is to be aware. Taking note of what we say to ourselves, reading what we wrote, and observing the words we speak are just the beginning of the process of building self-awareness. As we practice self-awareness, we heighten our awareness to thoughts, emotions, and core beliefs. By doing so, we see them from a different viewpoint. Then we can change them naturally. In this way, it’s easy to change our beliefs. With awareness, it simply becomes common sense. If we know a belief to be a lie, then we no longer believe it. The effort involved in the process is to maintain our awareness. Once we’re able to raise our awareness of the world of emotions and beliefs, we’ll reap the benefits of these skills for the rest of our life and gain the motivation to keep going. Self-awareness is gained through trial and error in focusing on the details of our personality and behaviour. As I’ve said before, it isn’t learned from reading a book. When we read a book, we’re concentrating on the ideas only. We can only gain an understanding of the ideas of self-awareness from a book. This is not the same as developing them. With our attention focused on reading, we’re not paying attention to our own behaviour, emotions, and personality, so we set ourselves up to…show more content…
Anyone can meditate just don’t expect to be as good as a Buddhist monk from day one. The basic technique below should be enough to see you through most of what life will throw at you. Basic Meditation Meditation is simple to learn but harder to perfect. Luckily a lot of the benefit comes from basic meditation. Meditation is all about closing our minds to all the ‘clutter’ and ‘chatter’ that is our normal mental world, our ‘self-talk.’ There should be no past or future just the here and now. It allows us to learn to focus and also relax. If you’re new to this, often the best way to start is to have one specific focus while you meditate. This can be a sound such as waves breaking, birds chirping, or a piece of music. There are plenty of ideas out there. I know this sounds clichéd, but it could be a touch. Join the tips of your middle fingers and thumbs together and concentrate on the feeling of touch between them. As you get used to concentrating on this one thing, try and concentrate on just your breathing. Notice the rhythm and the timing as you inhale and exhale, count in and out if you need to. While you’re focused, relax and ignore everything except your focal point. Do this for just five minutes a day to start and then build up to longer. See it’s

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