With yoga and meditation becoming more and more popular. The term mindfulness or awareness has been coming up often. I hear people say, “practice being aware”. Well, how do you actually do that?
It’s easy to be aware when things are going well in your life. It takes doing what you don’t want to do but what you know you should do to actually practice awareness. When the alarm rings at 5am , the majority of the time, I don’t want to wake up to meditate and go to the gym. I prefer to put the covers back over my head and sleep longer. This is where awareness is practiced for me. Making the choice each morning to get up and meditate.
Staying away from the junk food in my kitchen cabinet when I am craving it is practicing awareness. First, I need to watch my thoughts, actions and emotions. Some questions I ask myself are : Am I hungry? Am I experiencing any emotions? Was there any added stress in my day? What else can I eat? Based on that information, I make a conscious choice to eat, not eat or eat something different.
Awareness is like a muscle. Build it, use it everyday and it will become a part of you. Practicing awareness never really disappears because we can always be more aware that we are now. But if you don’t practice it, during the harder times when you need it most, you won’t be able to call on it.
So, each action or choice that you make is a practice step towards being the version of yourself that you want to be. If you want to lose weight and have a strong body, your awareness for food, strength training and mobility is where you practice your awareness.
Decide on which version of yourself you would like to work on and look at you actions to see if they get you closer or further away.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.