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Earlier this year I started a series, 10 Steps to Happiness, which was a series based on Deepak Chopra's talk that I saw on PBS. Recently I realized that I never wrote about the final step which is to "cultivate awareness".
If you missed this series of articles, here they are again:
1. Be aware of your body
2. Live in the moment
3. Embrace silence through meditation
4. Relinquish the need for external approval
5. Getting rid of negative emotions
6. Have total knowledge of yourself
7. Don't judge yourself and others
8. Remove toxins from your body and your environments
9. Replace fear with love
Now we've arrived at step #10 which is to cultivate awareness...
So, what does cultivating awareness mean? I interpret this to mean becoming more aware of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states at any given point in time. I also see this to mean that we should also be more aware of our connection with The Universe (which is basically part of our spiritual state) and being aware of our connection with everyone else on this earth. Yet another meaning of cultivating awareness is to spread messages to others about peace and prosperity.
Cultivate Awareness of Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual States
One of the things I've worked on a great deal this year is being more aware of my mental and emotional states. Both of these work hand-in-hand because I realized that what I was thinking about affected how I felt. So if I was worrying about something, my whole body would tense up and I would have these aches and pains. This happened more after I got into the car accident back in September. However, I started seeing an acupuncturist which has helped tremendously.
Seeing the acupuncturist actually made me become more aware of the energy flow in my body. If you're not familiar with acupuncture, what it does is affect the flow of Chi (energy) within the bodily pathways (although I'm learning that Chi has several meanings). All I know is that after my weekly acupuncture visits, I feel very centered and relaxed.
When I was in my 20's I was one of those "Type A" personalities that was always on the go - doing this, doing that, going here, going there... I never stopped to "check in" with my body to see how I was feeling. I don't think I even breathed back then! However, nowadays I'm more aware of my breathing. When my mind starts thinking about the "To Do" list or all the things I want to accomplish, I've learned to just stop and take a few deep breaths. I stop and say to myself, "God makes more time for me to do what I need to do." Going through this process of checking in with my mental and physical states has really helped improve my emotional and spiritual states.
How about you? Are you cultivating more awareness about your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states? Do you know how you're feeling at any moment in time? What are you doing to keep yourself centered and relaxed?
Cultivate Awareness of Peace and Prosperity
In the current state of affairs, many people are worried about their finances and job security. The world, as many see it, is in a state of "chaos". It's time to change that...and it starts with you and me.
At the same time that we see this "chaos" going on in the world, there's also been a huge shift in the prosperity thinking of many people. More and more people are becoming aware of the unlimited abundance available to us. I believe that it started with the movie, The Secret, and continued with Eckhart Tolle's book, A New Earth. Millions of people tuned into the webinars that Oprah had hosted on her website. Of course, there are many more prosperity teachers out there who have made a difference as well. As I've mentioned before, Wayne Dyer made a profound difference in my thinking. So the awareness is there...but it hasn't reached everyone just yet.
So it's up to us to help spread the message.
What can you do today to cultivate more awareness about peace and prosperity?
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