Spot Check Your Conscious Awareness


To become a conscious human being requires becoming aware of what you are doing, how you are feeling, and the thoughts you are creating moment to moment.  This level of conscious awareness goes hand-in-hand with “being present” or “in the moment.”

Conscious awareness is important because your thoughts and feelings spiral out and create your reality.  Ideally, awareness of yourself in each moment supports you to consciously create more of what you want in life rather than what you don’t want.

When you are wrapped up in a task that takes all of your focus and attention, you are truly living in the moment.  This could mean anything from working, to concentrating on your taxes, to being in the arms of your beloved, to a creative endeavor that you are so engrossed in that time seems to fly – three hours go by in what seems like three minutes.

For the rest of the time, it’s easy to drift along and allow our thoughts to go in a direction that is a far cry from what it looks like our attention is on in the moment.  We ruminate on the past or think about what we need to accomplish in the future or how it might unfold.

As multi-taskers, we can drive our car while listening to the radio and with our thoughts relive an argument we had yesterday, feel the anger again and worry about how the conversation will go tomorrow.  That’s typical, but mental and emotional distractions like these can interfere with our current focus, like driving, and we might narrowly miss getting in a car wreck.  Or, end up having no quiet time in our thinking to allow inspiration to bubble up or for the solution of a problem to emerge, because our thoughts are running amuck.

When self-awareness is lacking, we are more likely to haphazardly create our reality or something consciously undesirable or maybe even a disaster.  Furthermore, we are unable to connect with our inner power and utilize all of our inner resources, when our attention is momentarily aimlessly directed.

How can we become more present in our daily lives — while driving, waiting in line at the grocery store or bank, while cooking or exercising?  Well, we can increase our level of consciousness by becoming more personally aware.

3 Strategies to Spot Check Your Conscious Awareness

The strategies that follow are useful to bring your attention to your inner world, which reflects your level of consciousness.  Utilize all or one technique, depending upon your circumstances, to rapidly achieve a higher level of consciousness.

  1. Notice Inner Stress - Are you feeling stressed? What kinds of thoughts are circling your brain? What is the emotion associated with the thoughts?  Ask yourself:  Are these thoughts true? Are they helpful? Give yourself a counteracting positive belief to neutralize an undesirable thought.
  1. Focus on Body Sensations Focus in on a place in your body where an uncomfortable sensation, thought or feeling resides. Instead of being angry at or resenting this sensation, send it love. Ask this body part, thought or emotion if it has a message for you. Get quiet and listen for the answer.
  1. Ground Yourself Energetically - Close your eyes, place your hand on your heart and consciously breathe into it. Imagine putting a grounding cord down from the base of your spine all the way into the center of the planet. Tell yourself to release anything that’s not serving you down into the cord. Now imagine that everything is perfect in this moment as you envision that cord shooting right up into the cosmos as it stays connected below.

By nature, becoming more self-aware encompasses the state of being present with what you are doing, feeling and thinking in each moment.  When we consciously monitor ourselves in this way, we do not allow the outside world to upset our inside world.  Events don’t “run” us, we “run” them.  Rather than being in a stressed state, we can step back and be in the observer mode, a higher level of consciousness, and only then can we recognize what the moment truly brings us.

© Deborah A. Lindholm

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