If life is a river then awareness resides up near the headwaters. It flows downstream touching everything in its path until it becomes apparent that its influence is everywhere. Well, the benefits seem pretty clear: in developing better awareness we increase the possibility of influencing our lives in positive ways.
Awareness is limited only by perception. There’s not much we can do to develop our perception. At best we can only slow the deterioration of our sensory perception organs.
However, awareness can be cultivated through practice. It’s easiest to begin strengthening physical awareness, by focusing physical effort in the body through an activity like choreographed dance, rock climbing, yoga etc. The list is endless, because there's no one exercise better than the other; the aim is just to find a physical activity and then stick with it.
Once physical awareness has been attained, its benefit can then be applied to the mind where the effects of increased awareness are truly revealed.
It’s impossible to consciously respond to or influence what we aren't even aware of. Before we are able to enact change in our lives we must first be able to identify what's in front of us and whether or not it is really what we want. Awareness is the tool with which we will create the lives and environments of our dreams.
BODY – MIND – SPIRIT