You may wonder how possible it is to improve self-awareness by practicing meditation. Thankfully, in a few sentences, you will receive an in-depth review as to how this is possible. So, get that incense ready, get in a comfortable position, close your eyes, breathe deeply and… Just kidding.
To truly understand the mystery behind meditation and this remarkable benefit to improve self-awareness, we will start at the basics.
First, you need to understand what self-awareness is?
Self-awareness: An Introspection
Self-awareness, as the name implies, simply means being aware or in touch with your true self. It means connecting with yourself not just physically but also on a spiritual level. So, this can be achieved through meditation.
Think of it as a deep introspection of yourself. A moment to focus attention on yourself.
Self-awareness is underrated because of the busy, overly stimulated, nature of the world today. The technology and scientific breakthroughs we enjoy every day only makes this worse. While all these modern age developments may have their perks, they do not necessarily give us the time for self-reflection. The continual hustle and bustle daily lead us to live a life based on not having time for ourselves. Even social media serves as unwavering distractions, which eats deep into our lives without us even knowing it.
The importance of self-awareness cannot be overemphasized. Being self-aware helps you to understand the people around you and how they feel towards you. It gives you a chance to make positive changes in certain aspects of your life, such as lifestyle, and beliefs. Being able to monitor our emotions, feelings, and thoughts from time to time is key to understanding ourselves better and accepting who we are. This way, we can proactively guide our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Some may see it as being mentally and emotionally reborn, transformed, or refreshed.
Self-awareness helps develop and strengthen emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EI) is also known as Emotional quotient (EQ). It is defined by Peter Salovey and John Mayer, as “the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior”. Sounds great, if only we can all have adequate EIs.
How Meditation Can Increase Your Self Awareness
You can use meditation as a medium to go into a journey of self-discovery or self-awareness training. Thus, when you meditate, you purge yourself of negative thoughts and other factors that may affect your state of happiness. It is a way to control the mind and thoughts. Meditation makes you more self-aware. This also includes making you acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses.
When you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses, then you are able to develop a greater understanding of yourself. You are also able to work on how you can improve on them to make yourself a better person. During meditation, you are mentally and emotionally calm, giving rise to self-awareness.
Famous singer Nathan John Feuerstein (NF) once said: “a mind is a powerful place and what you feed it can affect you in a powerful way.” This goes without saying, as our minds can accomplish extraordinary things. We are what we think we are.
Here are examples of some meditation techniques you can adopt to become more self-aware:
– Mantra meditation
– Mindfulness meditation
– Sitting meditation
– Vipassana meditation
Meditation Improves Self-awareness
1. It helps control feelings and emotions.
2. It helps in the improvement of blood flow and regulation of the heart.
3. It reduces depression, thereby promoting happiness.
4. It can improve memory and increase attention span.
5. It has a soothing effect on the mind.
Do you think the world would be a better place if people practiced the act of being self-aware? Sure, it would. Imagine if the earth was only inhabited by individuals who are all self-aware. It would be a world where each of us can acknowledge our strengths and weaknesses, embrace our feelings and emotions. Every individual would thrive and try to bring out the very best of themselves. We will all be in touch with our feelings. Well, we can help build such a world, you and me.
I encourage you today to take time daily to sit and engage yourself on a journey to self-discovery and awareness. You can start at home with online classes. Check out other posts to learn more about meditation.