Category: Self Awareness

Being Me

I advocate that we be true to ourselves, and be who we really are inside. My personal theme for 2012 is: be me.

But, how do I “be me”?

In fact, how do I even know who I am inside and who is “me”?

I have always had a particular image of myself – I was impatient, generous, versatile, adaptive, kind, friendly, strong… I also created an image for others to see, whether it was in the social or professional world – easy going, efficient, trustworthy, a manager, a leader, a friend…

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Conscious Living in 5 Easy Steps

What do we mean by conscious living? I suppose having greater self-awareness, and operating from a state of presence for longer periods, generally describes the term. A state of enlightenment even.

Now becoming enlightened is one thing, maintaining this state in a world of ever increasing distractions is quite another. Here are 5 steps to keep you on track.

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Zen and the Art of Focus

Doing one thing at a time.

That’s the most practical definition of the word Zen. In other words, Zen equals focus. Think of all the pictures that you might associate with the term Zen (peace, clarity, strength) and you can see how they apply to a state of intense focus as well. Ultimately the two subjects are one and the same, and learning to master this art of focus (or Zen) can unlock incredible power in your life.

Focus might be “doing” one thing at a time but it is also about “noticing” one thing at a time. Focus is a state of awareness that goes beyond just actions – it is the place of calm mental presence in this moment. A mind that is cluttered with ten different thoughts is scattered; a mind that gives attention to just one item at a time is focused, calm, poised, and powerful. Consciousness, awareness, flow, and presence are also terms used to describe this state.

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Why Self Awareness is Fundamental to Personal Growth (& How to Cultivate It)

“We primarily grow as human beings by discovering new truths about ourselves and our reality.” – Steve Pavlina

The scope of personal development and growth is a broad one. It is through the powerful impact of personal development and growth that we can grow and improve our relationships, our careers, our wealth, our health, and our happiness. At the very fundamental core of this broad and powerful pursuit is self awareness.

To discover new truths about ourselves is to expand our self awareness. Think of self awareness as a circle. Everything within and without the circle is the self. What is within the circle is what your current level of self awareness allows you to consciously perceive.

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Learning To Listen To Our Inner Wisdom

One of the most disturbing things in my life right now is that I know several people who feel the need to drug themselves in order to go to work. In the morning, they drink, use prescription drugs, or even take painkillers or sedatives to make sure they stay composed, and keep themselves from having “emotional outbursts,” while in the office. Without a little something to take the edge off, they don’t feel like they could function.

These may sound like extreme examples, but in some way most of us are “taking the edge off” to deal with the stresses of working and other aspects of our lives. When we get home, for instance, most of us immediately turn on the computer, radio or TV, craving an escape from the anger, fear or despair we experience in our working lives. Like “hard drugs,” these activities temporarily distract us from, or numb us to, how we’re feeling. The fact that most of us do this in the evening to “wind down,” as opposed to doing it in the morning to “gear up,” doesn’t seem like a very meaningful distinction to me.

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