Throughout our days we tend to repeat the same activities without thinking much about them. At some point though we may become aware of these habits and, later, we may even become self-aware, wondering why these habits are part of our lives and deciding whether they benefit us. Often there is lack of balance between work, relationships, home life, health and spirituality. These unconscious habits can lead to problems like stress, tension and unhappiness.
By becoming more self aware we begin to realise we have choices. We can decide to remove ourselves from certain situations, habits that keep us locked into a cycle of stress and dis-ease.
Self awareness is the starting point. We need to learn and develop tools and strategies to address harmful situations. Life is always changing, so adapting and keeping up with change is no easy task, we need all the help we can get. Having a desire and a wish to change your (stressful) situation will start you on a new path where there is hope, healing and many possibilities.
We are often afraid to seek or ask for help as we feel it may be perceived as a weakness, or we are afraid to embrace change – the old Chinese proverb “when the student is ready the teacher appears. Often just the awareness and acknowledgement of a problem/habit and the willingness and courage to change will bring about all sorts of opportunities , insight and possibilities to change. Having the intention, wish and desire to change your situation will lead to shifts in health, wealth,happiness, freedom, creativity and a feeling of abundance and serenity.
People will often say they are too tired or there is not enough time to learn new skills (or the ifs, the shoulds, the could, the buts) or someone else needs to change. The change is not out there, we can’t make someone else change. The change always starts with ourselves.
One of the ways I made more time to develop new skills to become a better human being was to make a real effort to stop watching television, talking about negative news and gossip, which is often very compulsive.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”