What is Awareness?
Awareness is an Unbecoming. Awareness is vision.
Seeing the Unseen. Seeing the Potential in All.
Awareness is an infinite process of our Evolution. The term has recently become relevant and popular with the introduction of Emotional Intelligence, but has been a part of our journey long before. At some point in our evolutionary timeline, we went from mammal - a true animal, to one that is self-aware and conscious. Scientists have not been able to pinpoint exactly when this transition happened or 100% why, but there are many theories.
My theory about Awareness is that the mere existence and birth of Self-Awareness means that it is how we evolve. This is backed by my own profound experiences of shifting of my own Awareness, a process that has not stopped since I started many years ago. An unveiling, an unbecoming of who was, towards who I really am - essence, Truth, Soul.
Awareness is not just knowing yourself. A process that is almost impossible to pinpoint, because do you ever really know who you are? We ourselves are a process. A constant evolution that never stops, different at every moment, with every event, every conversation, every breath, every morning - we are different. Physically, emotionally, energetically - in every way. To know ourselves is an evolution, a process within itself.
Awareness is more than knowing ourselves. It is an awakening. Awakening to our true essence. Beyond our identity, our name, our biology, who we think we are. It is uncovering our truth. Our creative potential. The source of all creation.
Once we realize this, we can really start living. We can then understand that life is a process, a series of lessons. All life - every single thing - every quark of it - is important.
The Universe doesn't waste a single Quark.
All important. All necessary. All a part of the whole. All our RISE.
It is us that has created meaning - based on who we think we are, who we have been told we are, what the world reminds us we are. And sometimes this meaning shows us that things are good and things are bad. In this meaning we have emotions, feelings, reactions, memories. In this meaning we see things as problems, challenges. But that is all it is. Our meaning. It is really just information. Isn't that what everything is? Energy and Information? Feedback? Responding to us at every moment?
Awareness is the ability to see this - with such neutrality, that life enters you, through you, and you allow it with no resistance, that it flows and you continue on, seeing it with unconditional love - because all it is - is information - it is US. All of it. Separation is an illusion.
How do we get there? Through stillness. Through connecting with the Awareness itself.
MINDFULNESS IS THE ACT OF BEING PRESENT. JUST BEING. LIKE NATURE. DOES A FLOWER THINK BEFORE IT BLOOMS? DOES A CATERPILLAR SECOND GUESS BEFORE IT TURNS INTO A BUTTERFLY?
Meditation is the vehicle towards Awareness, the device, the tool, to build the muscle, to continue the unraveling.
Mindfulness is the integration, the skill that is developed through Meditation. It allows us to be present, tapped into the Awareness, become Awareness itself so we can simply be the instrument - the vehicle - we were meant to be.
Mindfulness is the practice of resting the mind calmly and fully in the present moment, rather than getting caught up in fears, worries, and thoughts. For thousands of years, people have practiced mindfulness and experienced the well-being and mental clarity it offers.
A growing body of scientific evidence corroborates that this simple, yet powerful training can yield incredible benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety; better work performance; improved memory, creativity, and focus; and lower blood pressure. Mindfulness practices have been used successfully to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, auto-immune and inflammatory illnesses.
How Can Mindfulness Help?
Mindfulness offers an alternative to our automatic habits of worry, anxiety, and frustration. Derived from ancient wisdom and validated by science, it is a simple mental practice that introduces a calmer, more satisfying mode of being.
Its Benefits include:
- Reduced stress and anxiety;
- Improved focus and productivity;
- Greater emotional resilience;
- Enhanced interpersonal skills and communication.
Organizations that offer mindfulness training can expect:
- Reduced burnout and turnover;
- Greater efficiency and productivity;
- Happier and healthier employees;
- Increased creativity and purpose.
Mindfulness produces remarkable changes in a short time, and the benefits continue to deepen with practice.
Many Fortune 500 companies already offer mindfulness training to their employees, including Google, Goldman Sachs, and General Mills.
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.
In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifiy the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul (from 3HO International).
Kundalini yoga was kept a secret, reserved only for royalty and taught from master to student until 1969 when Yogi Bhajan brought it to the West and taught it openly in order to prepare humanity for the major global and planetary changes to come.
How Can I begin to meditate?
Meditation comes in many forms. I love Kundalini Yoga because it is very outcome based and because it is a technology, I can guarantee an outcome when practiced precisely. But that is not the only thing I practice.
The key to beginning to meditate is to find what works for you. Most people I work with have a hard time slowing down their mind and get easily discouraged when they try to silence their mind with a meditation session. Your brain is doing exactly what it's supposed to be doing - so first thing I would suggest is to have compassion, and to thank your mind for being such a hard worker.
Secondly, find a meditation that uses something - a device - like a mantra, breath, movement. Doing a meditation that uses a device will allow you to focus on something other than thinking. In essence what you are doing is training your Attention - something that you may have lost control of - very easy to do in this age of technology. So allow your attention to be pulled by the mantra you need to say, or the series of breaths you need to do and count or the movement you need to keep doing.
Thirdly, start small. If you're a high achiever like me - you probably went for the marathon. Start with 3 minutes then work your way up. The key is to build a discipline and to fall in love with it. That won't happen easily if you are setting yourself up for failure.
Lastly, structure and plan. Mornings and nights are best because time won't pull you away. Someone asked me once- how do you have time to meditate everyday? In response I asked, how do you have time to brush your teeth everyday?
Here is one of my favorite Meditations. This can be used in dealing with volatile or stressful relationships.