Choice is a wonderful thing! Surprisingly, many of us go through life not realizing we actually have choice about most things that happen in our life.
Stop and think for a minute – about life, your life. What’s been happening? Is it the life you want to have? Is your behaviour supporting the best you, is it supporting your journey towards being the best you possible? Often it isn’t and, while we sometimes realize this is the case, we rarely know what to do about it!
Let’s talk about this a little.
Each day we are provided with many opportunities that can allow us to move forward in the process of transforming into our best selves – I call it choosing between life and death! That does sound a bit dramatic, but each time we make a choice about something, even something small, we choose the good for us or the not good for us – and when we choose something that is not good it doesn’t lead to growth and life. I think we all realize that. In fact, rather than moving us forward and towards our better self, our choices may take us in a seemingly never-ending circle where our actions and choices lead us nowhere but to where we’ve already been. It’s during these moments that awareness can be the first step towards change.
Awareness is when we realize what we are doing. We are able to stand back from ourselves, noticing our reactions, actions, and choices and not get caught up in them. It’s as though we are an observer who has no attachment or concern about what we are doing.
Awareness is the first step to change because it means we are aware that change needs to happen – without it change is impossible. With awareness comes understanding of what we are doing and why we are doing it, and once this happens, and we see the truth behind our behaviours, and realize that they just do not support our best self, it makes it difficult not to change! And, we also realize that we are the only ones who can change us. It’s up to us if we want to grow and be transformed.
Awareness brings freedom – it allows us to see that we can play a part in changing our lives; in creating the life we want to have. Whether aware of it or not, our behaviours and choices are ours to make. Our past and present don’t have to dictate what happens to us in the future when we choose to be aware. We can move beyond old limitations, make new choices and take new actions. With awareness our journey becomes a forward one rather than a continuing around the mountain, and it opens us up to new and creative experiences, a new way of being. Through awareness we continue to consciously grow into our best self as our mind is renewed and our brain changes.