Awareness … the Foundation for Transformation

Spiritual growth begins with bringing that which is unconscious into the light of awareness.

Yoga and meditation practice and philosophy inspire, inform and guide me with respect to awareness. What is your process or practice to cultivate awareness?

Meditation is a way of training our mind to rest in the present moment. This develops awareness – ‘to be aware’ – to see and to feel what is happening in our personality (body/mind), as well as in the environment, whilst it is happening, and accepting what it. In this way we learn to be present with our experience in a conscious and non-judgemental way that feels alive.

Yoga and Meditation as practices, have the potential to develop self awareness which leads to self knowledge and deepens into self understanding. We get to see and know ourselves just as we are with all our fears, doubts, judgements, expectations and habitual emotional reactions.

By becoming aware of our inner landscape, we awaken the capacity to observe, to take a step back creating a sense of space from these self limiting beliefs. From this feeling of spaciousness, we are more able to respond to a situation and to ourselves with compassion and wisdom, instead of reacting unconsciously from the story of our wounding. This is the process of healing and transformation.

Awareness is the foundation for transformation. Observing is a function of awareness that transcends thought and emotion.

The Practice of Awareness:
“The practice of awareness means cultivating an attitude of letting things happen moment to moment in every situation in our life: not resisting inner and outer processes, but ‘standing back’ and observing the activities of the personality. It means trying to be alert to whatever is going on both internally (i.e. thoughts, feelings and emotional reactions) and externally (work, play, movements, words); and trying to accept that whatever is happening is ‘right’, even when confronted with mind-games and difficulties. Cultivating this awareness is part of an ongoing process of opening up to how life is and not how we fantasise it should be. In turn this helps to remove mental and emotional blockages, preparing the way for a more relaxed attitude towards life and our place in existence. It does not mean that we are passive, apathetic or negligent in what we do, but rather that we try to have a trust in life’s processes. Sometimes we actively engage in life and with people, and at other times we ‘let things happen’, flowing with the current. But at all times we try to maintain ‘distance’, to feel as though we are a spectator, a witness, to the internal and external events of every moment. In this way though life goes on as normal, it is transformed into spiritual practice.”   Extract from Insight into Reality by Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati

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