May 2012 was the introduction of one component of the yoga of awareness: Self Observation.
Each week, we explored a particular facet as a tool to heighten perception of ourselves.
1. Awareness of Physical Actions
How often are we caught up in thought that our body moves automatically and without our conscious awareness? Choose one physical activity in daily life ~ standing, walking, grocery shopping, etc. and be consciously aware of the physical body in that activity. Notice your posture, how your body moves, how your weight is distributed and be fully aware of your physical actions.
2. Awareness of the Senses
Smell, taste, touch, sight and sound. How often are we aware of our senses in the moment? Choose one physical activity in daily life ~ maybe it’s brushing your teeth, washing the dishes or cooking a meal and be consciously aware and fully present with your senses in that activity. Make an ordinary experience extraordinary!
3. Awareness of Thoughts
“We have approximately 80,000 thoughts each day, and unfortunately, tomorrow, 90% of our thoughts will be the same ones we had today.” ~Deepak Chopra
Is this recycling and re-composting of thoughts useful? Often we are so busy thinking that we are barely able to catch ourselves in the process. In a relaxed way, aim to discover and tap into the flow of thought. Note: Are these thoughts necessary or not?
4. Awareness of Emotions
Being aware of our emotional patterns is a key to better understanding ourselves. When emotions arise, take a few moments to notice how that emotion affects the physical body and thoughts in the mind. Does one emotion come up more frequently than another?
5. Awareness of Action and Reaction
We may be able to observe our “actions” but can we also notice how we “react” in certain situations and interactions? Can we notice how we react when our buttons are pushed? As we become more aware of our actions and reactions through self monitoring, we are then able to intercept an unwanted reaction and respond more constructively.
As we become more aware of ourselves – actions, reactions, thoughts and emotions – we have the insight to make conscious changes towards a healthier way of being.
Saraswati, Swami Vimalratna. Sullivan, Bernard. Yoga with Attitude. Sydney. Southwest Press. Practical Wellbeing. 2006.
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