Why is it so important to be aware? Somehow related to mindfulness and yet not as trendy yet, awareness is a concept that is very dear to me and central in our REAL LIFE YOGA coaching, simply because it is the starting point from which you can create a major shift in the way you live, work and love. Let me show you why awareness is so crucial if you want to change your life for the best and how to start using it.
Most of us run through life without questioning the way we live. We are too busy managing all its imperatives, dealing with pressure, deadlines and stress. Why is it that our main concern is how to better manage stress – be it in business life or on the private side, from our team who is underperforming to the missing nanny who shatters our dinner plans – rather than asking ourselves how to create the life we really want to live?
This was the experience of a lady attending the Festival of Doers in Zurich last Friday. With the help of a coach on stage, she listed the 3 main areas of her life in which she had a lot going on: herself, her family and her job. While it was a wonderful and already very mindful of her to list herself as one of the key and most important areas of her life, she only really became aware of all the little things she had to manage and were taking so much energy from her day by day, once they were listed on the flip charts. This brought tears to her eyes and to the whole assembly witnessing her struggle: “I didn’t realise how bad it was!”. This was the power call of awareness.
Most of us run through life without questioning the way we live. We are too busy managing all its imperatives, dealing with pressure, deadlines and stress.
Awareness start with your breath and your body. It allows you to create space to observe, to understand and question thoughts and behavioural patterns that are not serving you. For me, awareness came through my body and through yoga. This is why I made awareness the central element of my coaching toolkit today, the one I want my clients to be equipped with. Awareness teaches you that your body has a voice and that it is worth listening to. Just think about the last time you got sick after or in the middle of a big project. Awareness helps you realise when your mind and social pressure have been taking you too far down the slope of over-achievement, extra-hours and self-criticism. Awareness gives you space to observe, to understand and question thoughts and behavioural patterns that are not serving you. It is the tipping point from which you can start taking action towards meaningful and conscious change.
Awareness start with your breath and your body. It allows you to create space to observe, to understand and question thoughts and behavioural patterns that are not serving you.
A first easy step to train your awareness muscle.
So to start developing awareness, my advice is that you begin with your body. And to become aware of our bodies, we have a wonderful tool within ourselves called breathing. Right now, take a sit and close your eyes. Feel the breath flowing in and out of your body naturally. Do not attempt to change anything, do not judge it. Just observe. Let it come and go. And as you do so, breathing naturally, feeling the air creating this subtle movement inside your chest and abdomen, start listening to how your body feels right now, in this moment. Maybe you notice a spot in your body that feels tense or uncomfortable. Here again without judging, just becoming aware of what your body is telling you. If you can, breathe consciously into that spot, exhale to release the tension a little bit more. Keep breathing there a few more times and when you are ready, open your eyes again and see how you feel.
So start today! You can do this again anywhere and anytime, no reason to wait, no excuses. Believe me, your body is eager for you to take a break and to listen.
Do you need further guidance? Then reach out to me free 30 min discovery call. Together we will take a closer look at the challenges you are facing and find the rights methods for you to help you move forward.