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Self-Awareness - Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 10:48 pm

Self: The distinct individuality or identity of a person or thing.

Awareness: Knowing

THE SELF, in this case, you, is an individual person as the object of his or her own reflective consciousness. It is your personality, your character, identity and your nature… and can be both perceived by others and felt by you. Self-awareness has been the central topic of study from some of the greatest minds in science, psychology, spirituality and philosophy from the birth of sentience. Self-awareness is the source of your consciousness and it is your level of consciousness that determines the quality of your performance and happiness. So, how much do you know about yourself?

As you begin to explore how you experience life more deeply, you will experience another theme that has intruiged great minds for a great amount of time: the dualistic nature of energy. There is the stuff you can see and experience through the 5 physical senses – and these seem to be equally observable to everyone endowed with the above senses, then there is the stuff you can’t see, but know exist, because you can feel them… like thoughts and emotions.

In many ways, we live in a dualistic world. Since language first documented the empirical experience, there are copious stories that document apposing forces in both our internal and external environment. At its roots, Dualism is a Latin word that “denotes a state of two parts.” Dualism holds to the belief that there are two elements of existence: Physical and Spiritual – and this is at the foundation of everything, no less, you. You are made up of physical energy: the interaction of the food you eat, the air you breathe and how it metabolizes to form energy. You are also a result of the thoughts you have - and how they materialize into the physical DNA as a result of the feeling of them. For example, when you feel nervous, so do you muscles. When you feel confident, so do your muscles.Your heart is not only pumping oxygenated blood that also carries nutrients from food to your working muscles, but it also pumps emotion. You feel with your heart and that feeling releases chemicals, from the heart to the working muscles, like cortisol and endorphins that either help ort hinder you.

I am convinced in my own studies, that it is important to see these elements not as apposing, they co-exist. The pathway of self-awareness if of understanding the nature of the physical and spiritual energy that drives you. I.e. to work together. If we are to understand and apply mind over matter as an experience not a comment, we need to understand the relationship between the physical and spiritual experience. This means study on your part to how you work on both a physical level, as well as emotional, psychological, or spiritual level. They are different ways of saying the same thing.

Anyone intesrested in life has to have an interested in themselves - and this is the start. To develop an awareness of self, even better, a fascination. You may have realized by now that your “self” is a result of all your previous experiences. Can you imagine how many experiences you’ve had that has brought you to where you are now? It is proof that how we learn is from experience and further proof that the quality of experience determines the quality of you.

You may have also heard that what you do now will shape who you will become in the future. This is true, but are you located here or in the future? So, the real questions is, how do you feel about yourself, now? And what are you doing about your self-awareness and development, now? How can we steer yourself in a successful direction based on your true nature, so you are the captain of you own ship, the writer of your own story and not bouncing around like a ball in the pinball machine of life, hoping to stay alive and gather as many points as you can before you slip between the gates that end your game.

As it now stands and from my observation, most people’s awareness is on things outside of themselves, in their outer environment. I.e., other people. They seem to understand things intellectually, but still lack the ability that comes from doing it, not talking about it. Their fear breeds ago-boosting techniques to help them feel better about what they think they know - and need compliments from others to feel the worthiness they don't feel in themselves. But it keeps the person looping through fear and sefl-doubt. Sooner or later, that person needs to let go of outside perceptions and face their own self-doubt. And see what they know about themselves, with brutal, yet caring honesty. The reward is self-awareness, something that by definition is not located in someone else’s opinion of you? Walk into a room of friends and you will find there are as many opinions as there are friends. This often just ends up as a distraction. It is in facing yourself with honesty and care that we start to understand what we know and what we don't yet know. This forms a foundation for learning and self-awareness. Remember, you are not at fault for not knowing something, it is simply and opportunity to learn, and who can do the learning for you when it comes to self-awareness? 

To understand the potential you can bring to the word, you must know yourself. Lack of self-awareness breeds self-doubt and self-doubt blocks performance and happiness. Since it is you that is performing, the deeper you become aware of yourself on a physical and spiritual level, the greater your potential becomes. I reccomend Kelee Meditation to understand your true spiritual nature and how your thoughts effect you. I  also reccomend studying the anatomy, the systems (cardio vascular, immune etc), nutrition and exercise to understand the physical nature of the body you live in. Learn from the outside world (books, teachers, coaches, trainers etc), but understand how these experiences helps you grow... more aware of yourself. The last ingredient is time - take the tme daily to study your spiritual and physical nature and enjoy the experience of how fascinating your are. Matt:)


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Daily Disciplines

Knowledge needs to be accompanied with daily action and discipline to acheive long term health, happiness and high performance.

Here are some things to focus on... daily!

1. Meditate (meditation clears the mind of clutter, develops focus and awareness, as well as healing via a calming of the nervous system.

2. Contemplate: Take the time every day to contemplate the direction of your life and how you could move foward in a more harmonious way

3. Exericse: Move with awarness of correct posture and enjoyment, every day! 

4. Hydrate: Drink 0.03 times your body weight a day (in kg's) as a minimum to help the body process toxins and function at an optimum

5. Trust your feelings: Feel first, do second. This means you are not running on auto pilot devoid of feeling and awareness of what you are getting into.