Awareness: Knowledge and understanding that something is happening or exists.

– Merriam Webster Dictionary

It is easy to drop into having tunnel vision, getting sucked into one thing or one thought pattern. It is also easy to be completely distracted by all that is going on around us, multitasking and never really focusing on one thing.

Today, I urge you to step outside the tunnel vision and the distractions, and simply be aware.

  • Close your eyes for a moment.
  • Notice that you are aware of your body, mind, and senses.
  • Notice that you are aware of the world around you.
  • Notice that even without objects around you, there is awareness.
  • Notice that awareness is empty and therefore it can contain everything.
  • Notice that awareness allows all objects to come and go.
  • Notice that awareness doesn’t refuse, reject, attach or hold on to anything.
  • Notice that awareness welcomes everything.
  • Notice that you are awareness.
  • Now take a moment and open your eyes, look around your room with a soft gaze, notice what your eyes fall upon and feel yourself being aware at the same time.
  • Notice that awareness is always there in the background.
  • Notice how this makes you feel.

These actions of noticing awareness were taken from the practice of iRest Yoga Nidra by Richard Miller. Awareness allows you to step away from just seeing yourself and body as something that happens to it. But, as a fully aware being that is part of everything around you. It helps to give perspective. It is also a key component that can help you heal from trauma.

May you have peace within,

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