"Know every moment of your experience"
To be aware is to know what is happening in the moment, in the world outside and inside.
How much are you aware of the Outer World?
What is happening around you?
What is happening with your body?
How does your body feel at this moment?
Is it hot?
Is it cold?
How does your surroundings smell at the moment?
Being aware is to know what is happening in the outside world.
How much are you aware of the Inner World?
What are you thinking at this very moment?
What are you feeling?
What kinds of reactions are currently happening inside you?
Being aware is to also know what is happening in the world inside.
In this article, we will explore the importance of developing Self-Awareness
Awareness In Depth
Developing awareness is about developing the ability to Know More about each passing moment, to become more sensitive to the subtler thoughts and sensations that you are experiencing in any given moment.
Most of us would usually just be aware of the "important things" that are happening in any moment.
For instance, up until now, have you been aware of the sensations that are currently happening at the top of your head? Have you been aware of the pains that is on your body? Have you been aware of what is causing you stress and unhappiness in the last few weeks?
Perhaps, you haven't been aware of these things because they haven't been important to you, and as a result, your awareness have been mostly focused on what you have been desiring to do or on the things that need to be done.
To develop Self-Awareness is to see the importance of knowing what is happening in oneself and in one's life in every moment, i.e. the thoughts and emotions so that one can be aware of them all the time.
It can be difficult to develop such Self-Awareness because the demands and expectations in the world of culture and society can often push us to excessively use our minds to focus on things outside of us, giving us little room to be aware of what is actually happening inside.
I.e. When we are constantly having to rush to complete our work throughout the day, we can easily miss the beautiful sounds of birds chirping away above the tree branches or miss the subtle desires we have within to pursue our dreams.
When we are so focused on getting "this" and "that" outside of ourselves, we can also lose awareness of other things.
It's difficult to be aware with a busy mind.
When our mind is so busy with thoughts about what happened yesterday, we can start to lose awareness of what is happening today.
That is why it's important to develop Stillness. The more Calm and Still the Mind is, the more the Mind will naturally be aware of the things that are happening in the moment of an experience.
So, to develop Awareness thus is about developing Stillness. The practice of meditation will help you greatly to develop the state of Stillness.
What is Stillness?
It can be difficult for one to understand what the state of Stillness is when one has been living with a busy mind. To experience it is the only way to know what it is.
And one can always go deeper into the states of Stillness. So, Stillness can be experienced in degrees. When the Mind is completely Still, then one is truly living in the Present Moment. When we are living in the Present moment, we are living without worries, without fears, without chaos—a joyful experience!
But to live in the Present Moment all the time is the destination of the journey. Because to reach there will require one to address all the suffering states of the mind within. When one is without suffering, one will naturally be in the state of Stillness Awareness.
But throughout the journey, as one develops Stillness, one will be able to experience the feeling of being in the Present Moment from time to time.
The more develops Stillness, the more one will be able to become aware of the Unstillness that is happening within. One will be able to detect the deeper thoughts and emotions that are happening inside.
How can one not hear the noises around them clearly with a silent mind?
Through Stillness, one will also be able to absorb the life experiences that are happening in the world outside.
The more one is aware of the world inside and outside, the more one will also be able to see the relationship between the way one's Mind reacts to one's life experiences. This is how Self-Knowing is developed naturally, which will help one to understand what experiences are currently causing one's unhappiness, and why one is perceiving such experiences as unhappy ones.
So, with Stillness comes Self-Knowing because it simply makes one naturally aware of every moment of experience.
Path Of Creator
Awareness in relation to the path Of Creator
The more we develop Self-Awareness, the more we will become aware of the Physical Sensations that are happening on the body; we will also naturally become aware of the thoughts and emotions that are rising and falling within.
And within time, you will realize the relationship between the different levels of The Self: the Emotional, the Mental, the Physical Selves.
Developing Self-Awareness is a process of Self-Knowing where you learn how your mind works!
How much are we aware of every moment?
Developing Awareness thus is about developing the ability to maintain a high level of Awareness throughout the day. This is how Self-Knowing is developed.
The more that you can maintain Self-Awareness throughout the day without the mind wandering off, the more you will be aware of the moments when it does.
Likewise, the more you can maintain Stillness of the mind throughout the day, the more you will become aware of the moments of Unstillness.
So, when people start their journey of developing Stillness, what they will usually encounter is a lot of chaos!
This is natural, and greatly transformative too. Because the more one can see the chaos within, the more one will develop the intention to address it.
And as one develops even deeper Stillness, one will naturally become aware of their deeper emotions, deeper abstract thoughts, the deeper desires, one's deeper purpose, becoming aware of the heart / intuition, becoming aware of one's soul and spirit.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
Instead of keeping the mind busy with things to do all the time, try to calm the mind by doing less.
Do less, and you will develop more Stillness!
The Creator's Meditation / VipassanaLink here
When you practice the Creator's Meditation, you are learning to develop Stillness and not let the mind wander off.
On the body journey, whenever you feel the desire of the mind to wander off, simply focus on the parts of the body that you are currently on.
This will help you to develop the ability to be aware of every moment as you go about your day, even if you distractions come and try to take your awareness away!
Know and Transform The Self!
Use the 10 Day Self-Knowing Vipassana to realize who you really are within and learn the relationship between the different states of mind and the wandering thoughts experienced in meditation.