We talked about being deaf to yourself. We said how can a person be deaf to himself, how can he hear himself. In this article, we will deal with the subject of ‘awareness’, which has been a prominent concept recently. First, let’s determine what awareness is not, and then try to understand what it is. Awareness is not being pedantic with relative truths. By gaining hearsay information, especially by hearing the truth of life of others, “Ah! This is exactly how it should be, everyone should definitely do that.”doesn’t mean. To be aware is to ask questions. Before taking a situation as it is, “What is it?”, “Why is it necessary?”, “What does its presence bring to me and what does it take away from me?” It is the act of seeking answers to questions such as: Awareness is the state of knowing oneself, recognizing one’s need and determining the position to be taken accordingly. Although this concept is a painful experience at first, it brings flavor over time. “Why should self-improvement hurt?” I can hear you say. If you’ve done sports, you’ll understand. A few exercises at the beginning, lifting weights of three to five kilograms cause crudity, that is, your muscles ache and hurt. You realize that you are getting stronger over time, your body is getting in shape, that a few kilos of weights do not tire you anymore, and you start to want to lift more weights and get stronger. Because once you have seen the result, you have tasted it. Moreover, why not. Just like in this example, when you realize and overcome the difficulty, the improvement in yourself will push you to gain a new awareness and enjoy it. For people, awareness of emotions, thoughts, body, senses and behavior is like the key to maturity and consistency. It would be a good start to examine each one individually and ask their questions.
Man always tries to live in the past or in the future.
The beginning of awareness is with the breath. Breath is all we have right now. Man always tries to live in the past or in the future. It is either the regrets of the past or the anxiety of what will happen in the future that occupies our present. If we describe it as a wound: Either we don’t let the things that have happened to us play with the wounds of the past and get a crust, or we constantly open new wounds in a place with the worry of the future. However, to focus on the present is to allow the wound to scavenge. Focusing on the present is not scratching that wound again, not irritating it. For this reason, “Stop and breathe!” For the first time, watch your breath in and out. Watch how air enters your nostrils as you inhale and how air comes out of your lips as you exhale through your mouth. Watch how your chest and stomach swell and fall as you exhale. The interesting thing is that you repeat this spontaneous action maybe 20,000 times a day on average and perhaps you have never watched how it happens. So for the first time you noticed your breath. And did you notice that while you were doing this, there was no thought in your mind that was bothering you at that moment. Neither woe nor what will happen… Let this be what you will get yourself from this article, dear reader. Notice your breath, and then let’s talk about awareness of emotion, thought, body/senses, and behavior.