Awareness is an aspect of consciousness where we can witness ourselves, our surroundings, and circumstances clearly, as if we turned on a bright light and noticed things from an outside perspective. Whether part of our emotional, physical, or social awareness, we actively pick up cues from our environment that inform our thoughts and actions. We can train our brains to be more open and intentional in looking for and evaluating these cues—whether through meditation or mindfulness, journaling, or other techniques—in order to help us make more informed choices.
Once you become aware, do you have to have a plan of where you are going or do you leave that up to the universe? Eckhart discusses life after awareness and how the creative impulse of the universe works through us to manifest the world we see.
In this short teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the difference between normal awareness and meditative awareness. As he explains, we can cultivate meditative awareness by using every aspect of our experience as a support for awareness, even painful feelings and challenging emotions.
Are alertness and awareness the same? Sadhguru clarifies that attention is a psychological process, while awareness is an existential dimension. He speaks about coming awake on higher dimensions and deepening the penetration of our perception.
Have you any idea the number of people that are in a prison of their own making and don't even know it? You know people like that, they live in a tiny little place. Good information is given to them, they seem to reject it. I don't think mentally, they just outright reject it, they just don't do it.