I’m obsessed with the idea of “The Three Levels of Self-Awareness” and how to bridge the gap when it comes to our own awareness.
The first step is to ask ourselves what we need to do to increase the likelihood we will become aware of our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions. We have to start to be aware of them, which means taking responsibility for them, which means making a plan about how to change our behavior, and then actually doing it.
And once we’ve done that, we’ll have to have the courage to admit to ourselves that we’re not as aware as we ought to be. Some of our habits are so ingrained that we can’t even see how we’re making a decision to do something, how we’re responding to a situation, or how something happened. This is the first and most important step to becoming self-aware.
The best way to start noticing your habits is to take some time to notice your circumstances. What is it that is causing you to do something? What are you doing to make yourself feel good? If you cant picture it clearly, you wont change it.
There is a lot of research that says that most of the time, we have a split-second to decide whether to act on a given thought or not. We have to use this second to decide if we are going to do something or not. This is why it is so important to get a clear picture of what is really happening in your head, and the situations that are affecting you. We are much more likely to change our behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs if we can see them clearly.
This is why many meditation techniques can be effective in helping to shift our mindset. I’ve been reading a lot of Zen literature lately, and the two concepts that I find most interesting (and relate to most) are mindfulness and meditation. This is the reason I am always interested in developing mindfulness meditation techniques. Meditation is a technique that focuses our awareness on the present moment rather than waiting to feel the moment’s arrival. Mindfulness is a technique that focuses our awareness on our thoughts and feelings.
A lot of good stuff in the msf blog post, but I would like to add that mindfulness meditation is probably one of the most misunderstood things in the world. We are taught to meditate in order to reduce stress, relieve depression, and so on. We are also told that by meditating, we’ll become more efficient, faster, and more productive. But I’m not sure that is the whole story.
I think that the real reason why we meditate is to calm our brains, and for the same reason we meditate we also meditate. Many people meditate to reduce their stress, and when I say “we’re told that by meditating, well become more efficient, faster, and more productive.” I mean, we meditate for meditation’s sake, we meditate for the sake of our brain.
Meditation is like meditating in a way: It’s supposed to be helpful. It’s also supposed to be fun. I’ve always thought that meditation was like playing a game of “what if” where you have to try to get your brain to stop thinking about an issue that is bothering you.
That’s right. Meditation is like playing a game of what if where you have to try to get your brain to stop thinking about an issue that is bothering you. Its also supposed to be fun. Ive always thought that meditation was like playing a game of what if where you have to try to get your brain to stop thinking about an issue that is bothering you.