What is it about self-awareness that makes people talk about it all the time? Why are there more and more people who choose to live and be more ‘self-aware’? Is self - awareness a completely new trend or are we becoming more conscious about who we are and what we want in life?
Self - awareness is nothing new. It has been there for a very long time but it has passed unnoticed for a very long time too. Yet, self - awareness is very important and central to a purpose - driven and empowered life, and luckily there are more people who get to see that. Some would say that self - awareness is about trusting your intuition, about looking more on the inside rather than the outside of ourselves. Whatever it means to you and to anyone else, the truth is, the more self - aware we are, the more empowered we are to make right choices that align with who we are in a very deep sense of that meaning. We are more open to what we truly need (and what we don’t), and we are definitely more conscious of our life patterns and how those patterns, along with our personal choices, can affect our lives.
Every single day we are exposed to choices. Our choices or the choices that the world is trying to impose on us. Sometimes it’s not easy to distinguish what is right and what is wrong, but if we don’t have the habit of looking inside, the choices and experiences of other people will eventually start to shape us, depriving us of our true personality.
There is no one right way to master your self - awareness. You can’t actually truly master it because it’s not a goal but a practice. Nobody can teach you how to do it, it’s very personal and you are the only one who can truly understand things about yourself and what serves you best, what choices you want to make, how to listen to your inner self, and how to live your live in accordance with what you want to do and achieve. Yet, there are a few steps you can take to cultivate your practice:
Self - awareness, like any other practice, is most effective when you commit to it and make it a regular part of your life. It’s not about doing it every single day, but about dedicating a specific amount of time that works for you and doing it regularly. You don’t need to spend a lot of time doing it either. Actually, if you do it too long or it becomes too much for you, you will quickly drop it and be discouraged to continue again. Be realistic. Figure out how much time you want to spend on it, when you are most likely to be able to practice, and then commit to it.
2. Find your discipline
This part comes down to figuring out what works best for you. There are many ways to practice self - awareness and everyone does it in their own and unique way. For some people, meditation is the solution. Others like to talk about their feelings. Some people simply enjoy writing about their feelings and emotions, and sometimes writing whatever comes to your mind without any structure is a great way to focus your attention inwardly. Oftentimes, you may actually need a good structure to figure out what you have to work on and how to get there. Take some time and think about it, it will come to you.
3. Focus on your breath
Have you ever wondered why yoga teachers and meditation masters pay so much attention to breathing? Breathing is extremely important. It helps focus the mind and bring you back to the present moment. It helps you focus on your inner self, on your thoughts and emotions. Paying attention to your breath can change everything and you don’t need yoga or meditation for that. If you think about it, you can’t live without breathing, which means you can focus on your breath every single time you inhale or exhale! How simple is that?
4. Make self - awareness important
Nobody can teach you how to be more self - aware, it is all your own work. Once you realize that feeling balanced and happy is so much better than living in constant stress and unhappiness, it will be easier for you to focus on yourself and make your self - awareness a priority. Make it important, fight for yourself and for your well-being, and you will notice how quickly things can change for better!