Archive for October 10th, 2017

Practice Self Awareness

It’s hard to stay in touch with ourselves when we subscribe to a busy lifestyle. The world often embraces this concept, constantly influencing us to do more in less time. However, what does this type of thinking breed? Are we better when we work ourselves into a frenzy and don’t stop until we see burnout looming on the horizon? Most of us would say no if we are being honest. There’s no real gain in being super busy. It generally keeps us super tired and causes us to gradually lose touch with ourselves and our inner focus.

Practicing Awareness

If we want to enjoy our lives fully we must become more self-aware. We can’t effectively practice awareness unless we learn to slow down. Slowing down encompasses paying attention to every second, minute, and hour of our lives. This helps us to become more aware of our habits, thoughts, and behavioral patterns. This also provides us with an opportunity to become truly proactive in our own lives. If we can slow down enough to notice that we become more forgetful when we’re angry, or we tend to procrastinate around a certain time every day, we can get control over those habits and patterns. It may be those few minutes that we take our time to leisurely walk to the car that we notice our home is beginning to show signs of wear and tear and needs exterior waterproofing.

Taking Time to Slow Down

Once we become aware of the impact that slowing down can have on the quality of our lives, we are more apt to practice it. When we see positive things start to happen all around us, this encourages us to practice the fine art of slowing down more often. One of the positive things that may happen as we slow down is an increase in our self-awareness. We may even be surprised at all the little habits we didn’t realize we had.

The Benefits of Living in the Moment

The gift that comes from slowing down and living in the moment is more self-awareness and fullness in our lives. In other words, our experiences become richer. Before, we may have paid attention to the moments of our lives, only partially, however, when we give our full attention to the events in our lives we notice more. We upgrade from a fast food approach to our lives to the full homecooked version of our lives. We need to taste all the ingredients in our lives and know what they are.

You only live once. You owe it to yourself to live your best life. Slow down and give yourself the time and attention it needs to be as fulfilling as possible. You are worth it, and so is your life.

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