Life is a journey that takes us down a winding road of constant change. Each day is filled with many opportunities that can allow us to take a step further in the transformation process towards becoming our best selves. We might be presented with an opportunity to react differently when yet another person in our life rubs us the wrong way; or we may find ourselves wanting to walk away from a particular situation but are not sure if we can. We may even find ourselves stuck in a rut that we can never seem to get out of – on a treadmill that never seems to stop. There are times when we make the same choices over and over again because we don't know how to choose otherwise, so that rather than moving us forward, the paths we walk may take us in a seemingly never-ending circle where our actions and choices lead us nowhere but to where we've already been – just like the Israelites in the Sinai desert after their flight from Egypt. It is during these moments that awareness can be the first step to change.
Awareness is the opposite of being on auto-pilot, which is how we often live our lives; we do without realising we are doing! When we practice awareness we observe ourselves, noticing our reactions, actions, and choices as if we were a detached viewer. Awareness is the first step to change because we can't make a change unless we are aware that one needs to be made in the first place. Awareness opens our eyes to begin to understand why we are doing what we are doing. Once we have that awareness it becomes difficult not to change because we see the truth behind our behaviours. And we also begin to see that just as we are responsible for our behaviours so we are responsible for any changes that we want to happen.
Awareness brings freedom. We see that we don’t have to remain stuck in repetitive ways of behaving, that we have a choice. Whether we are aware of them or not, our behaviours and choices are always ours to make. Awareness takes away limits we perceive as placed on us by our past, or by the present. We see that the past and present do not have to dictate our future. Awareness frees us to make new choices, and take new actions. It is through awareness that we can continue to consciously grow and change.