Self-awareness unlocks the door to this moment. Through joyful and judgment-free awareness, consciousness can flow more easily through you into the world, and every step you take in it, empowering you to live differently. It’s not what you do, but how you do it that makes the most meaningful impact.
“Not what you do, but how you do what you do determines whether you are fulfilling your destiny.” – Eckhart Tolle
Pay Attention to How You’re Being, and the “Doing” Will Follow
I am attentive to how I move through the world, through the portal of this moment.
Action is necessary in this world, but it’s secondary to how we are being in the world. In other words, our state of consciousness is the primary factor in creation, in manifesting our external reality.
I appreciate how Eckhart Tolle puts it in his book A New Earth:
No matter how active we are, how much effort we make, our state of consciousness creates our world, and if there is no change on that inner level, no amount of action will make any difference. We would only re-create modified versions of the same world again and again, a world that is an external reflection of the ego.
In his book, he describes consciousness as “the unmanifested, the eternal… is timeless and therefore does not evolve… is the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the arising of form.”
How does the “unmanifested” come into this very physical world of form? Through awareness, presence, inner space. The two aren’t separate dimensions, but constantly mingling (at least, that is, if we’re conscious in our creation of whatever it is we’re creating, building, and doing).
Awakened action is when we allow consciousness to flow through us into the world—to bring something new to this place through awareness and presence.
When our thoughts are inspired, we feel open, receptive, and connected to a higher source of intelligence; we’re consciously involved with life on a very deep level. We feel good. We feel alive. Life feels meaningful, because how we’re living is now flowing into what we’re doing.
How can we connect with the essence of who we are, beyond the physical form we’ve taken on for a while? We can practice acceptance, focus on enjoying daily life, or discover ways and reasons to feel enthusiastic.
Our emotions comprise a wonderful guidance system, pointing to what kind of thoughts we’ve been thinking and, truly, how we’re being. If we don’t feel good right now, we can use our emotional compass to consciously guide our thoughts in another direction, if we feel the need to, and if we want to feel better.
Be Easy with Your Self-Awareness
Through awareness, inner space, and presence, I bring something new to life on earth.
Nothing is about force. I really don’t feel like we need to control our thoughts, only guide them in a useful and joyful direction. When we’re easy on ourselves, whatever it is we’re aiming to do becomes more attainable (and more enjoyable).
Cultivating self-awareness in daily life isn’t another agenda item to put on your to-do list, but a way of engaging with the to-do list.
Personal power isn’t about force. We’re not in control of the universe, or even a relative sliver of what happens around us. The world doesn’t need to be perfectly in place for us to feel powerful, and make a difference.
You don’t have to be perfect to let consciousness flow into what you’re doing; you just need to be present, aware, and open to life as it’s unfolding.
Your power isn’t that you can control the world, but that you can choose how you’re going to live within yourself regardless of how the pieces of the puzzle arrange themselves.
With surrendered action (not giving up, but letting the things you can’t control be what they are, so you can focus your energy on what you can do) comes peace. This acceptance and ease makes you more available to joy. Through enjoyment comes a sense of aliveness—access to the power that lies behind all creation.
Enthusiasm is an amazing place to be, because it energizes us to pursue a particular vision or goal, while still deeply enjoying the journey. There’s awareness in that journey, and it feeds the conviction that we don’t have to wait for something “meaningful” to come into our lives so that we can finally enjoy what we do.
Why wait for happiness in any other place, time, or dimension than this one? Happiness is not a utopian dream for the future, but a way of approaching and responding to the moment we find ourselves in right now. The way is through self-awareness.
Practice Being Receptive to this Moment
I am a vehicle for consciousness to enter every situation, and it brings me peace when I honor that power that flows through me.
So many people walk around, resisting the flow of consciousness that could otherwise enter into each step. In other words, we’re distracted, a lot. What we often neglect to recognize is that this moment is worthy of our attention, and when we start giving it attention, it will expand.
We’ll understand ourselves better through our own self-awareness. In fact, we’ll start to understand other people, and the world, with less judgment and a healthy receptivity to all forms of life.
We can probably even keep doing what we’ve been doing (or try something new) with a deeper aliveness, and thus bring something new to the space around us.
To let things be, so that we can engage with them in joy, enthusiasm, or at least acceptance, is the true power of a human being. It’s the power of creation.
A keen self-awareness enhances your ability to serve with excellence, and it uplifts you to be a stronger force of love, change, compassion, joy, and whatever it is you’d like to see more of in your world.
- How has practicing self-awareness kept you in conversation with peace, joy, and inspiration?
- Can you think of a time when your full and alert presence in a situation helped you, or others?
- Do you have any tried-and-true mindfulness practices you’d like to share?
Please share your thoughts, favorite excerpts from this affirmation, lessons learned through your own self-awareness, and any inspiring stories with me in the comments.
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Let life live you.
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