Meditation and Self-Awareness
In my earlier blog entry, “Thoughts on Meditation”, I captured my personal thoughts on how Present Moment Awareness can be amplified as you learn on how to meditate effectively.
Today I’d like to build on that point. Being in the Present Moment can be a very powerful thing as you remove the “noise” that is grounded in thoughts of either memory or anticipation. When you’re in the Present Moment, what can you actually do or accomplish?
Being in the Present Moment provides the ultimate environment to practice Self-Awareness. What is Awareness, simply put; awareness is our capacity to notice things. We may be aware of the time, or of a particular situation, or that someone is watching us. Being aware of such things means we have taken note of them.
If Awareness were a light-source, then by shining that light source on our environment and the things, actions and events taking place, we take note of them and bring them into our consciousness. Self-Awareness then can be best described by taking that same light-source and shining directly onto yourself. By closer examination of what we see under that light-source, we may now note specific thoughts or thought patterns, particular emotions or flows of energy. We may actually sense the many physiological processes happening in our body such as heartbeat, heat, sweating, or pulse-sensation in our extremities. But the most profound thing we may sense is our intuitions or gut feelings.
In Deepak Chopra’s 7 Spiritual Laws, the Law of Karma (Cause and Effect), he writes, “There is a very interesting mechanism that the universe has to help you make spontaneously correct choices. The mechanism has to do with sensations in your body. Your body experiences two kinds of sensations: one is a sensation of comfort, the other is a sensation of discomfort. At the moment you consciously make a choice, pay attention to your body and ask your body, “If I make this choice, what happens?” If your body sends a message of comfort, that’s the right choice. If your body sends a message of discomfort, then it’s not the appropriate choice.”
Being able to put this Law into Action means being able to achieve Self-Awareness, which is best achieved when you are in the Present Moment, which is ambition behind the action of Meditation. Self-Awareness is the leverage point that permits us to see, understand and choose the actions that will shape our lives. Possessing this present moment knowledge of ourselves (which is another way of defining Self-Awareness) we enable the facilities within ourselves to pursue conscious, positive change. Through your own Self-Awareness, you can take a good look at yourself and your life and see what is working for us and what isn’t. This awareness plants the seeds of change in our subconscious mind. It plants in us the drive and motivation to choose to do things differently.
So I hope that you can see the powerful interrelationship of Meditation, Present Moment Awareness and Self-Awareness. Invest in your wellbeing and practice daily meditation. You can visit us here at JothiVita to learn more about Meditation and how to integrate it into your life.