1. Change a daily routine.
You would be surprised to know how many things you do that are on autopilot.
An entire drive home from work can be completely ignored by your conscious mind.
Instead of concentrating on the road, your mind might be thinking of what you needed to finish, your significant other waiting for you, or maybe just trying to read the most recent text you received (put the phone down please!).
Meanwhile, your subconscious mind takes over and operates the car for you.
The pattern of turn here, stop there, is engrained in your consciousness.
Moments later, without even realizing, you’re already home.
Where did the time go?
What happened to the moment?
For the next seven days, I challenge you to stay in the moment.
- Take a different route home from school or work.
- Dress yourself out of order (Ex: If you normally put your shirt on first, put it on last).
- Brushing your teeth, wipe your butt (be careful!), or eat with your weaker hand.
These simple tasks will feel weird at first, but that’s the point.
When something feels different you pay attention to it.
It’s harder for your conscious mind to shut off and you need to focus on the moment in order to finish the task.
The key of being aware is staying in the moment.
Even taking two minutes a day can help ease nerves and provide a better outlook on life.
Mediation is by far the most effective way to raise awareness.
Here’s how to meditate:
- Find a quiet space and sit in a chair or on the floor.
- Straighten your spine by lift up your chest, pulling your shoulders back, and tightening your abdominals.
- Bring all of your focus and attention to your breath.
- As you sit quietly, focus on the sounds, feelings, and images of your breath.
- As soon as your thoughts fade away – immediately refocus back to your breathing.
- Continue to focus on your breathing and posture for the duration of your session.
Repeat this process for as long as you like, but remember, even as little as two minutes a day can dramatically increase your awareness!
3. NO television, music, phone, books or newspapers while eating.
Distracting ourselves during mealtime is commonplace in this country.
I know I’m guilty of it.
This raises a big concern as we start to pay less and less attention to our food.
Will we notice when it becomes toxic?
We aren’t catching on…
Slow down and become aware of what you are putting into your body.
Ask yourself: Is this fuel? Is this garbage?
You won’t know for sure unless you’re looking at it.
Start with less stimulation during meal time.
No tv, no music, no computer, no cell phone, no book, no newspaper.
This practice will not only help to increase awareness, but it can instantly help you lose weight and suppress your appetite.
4. Learn passively.
Listening and learning from others is one of the best ways to passively increase your awareness.
With videos and audiobooks, you just sit, watch, and listen!
Here are a few examples to start with:
Giving to others is one of the only ways on this planet to feel completely fulfilled.
When you do things for others like opening a door or saying, “thank you,” you automatically raise the other person’s energy.
As a direct consequence of their increase, you will also feel a surge in energy.
Giving instantly starts the process of receiving and before you know it someone will be giving something to you.
As you practice giving, in small and large ways, material and nonmaterial, you will see how much you really do influence everything around you.
Become a constant stream of endless giving and your life will be the best gift of all.
Use any or all of these five strategies and see an instant change in your awareness.
Share your experiences in the comments.