What is Awareness?

‘Awareness’ is that which watches, observes and notices.

Awareness can move anywhere, through time and space. For example right now, you are able to be aware of your left foot.

You can be aware of the tip of your nose.

Our awareness can move in to a different space. It is possible to be aware of the space in your bathroom, right now. Take a moment to be aware of that space.

Awareness can move in to a different time. For example we are able to be aware of something that we did yesterday.

Awareness may be attentive to something for a short period, but it has a tendency to follow the movement in our world. Awareness can become heavily identified with the content of thoughts that pass through our existence, drawing our attention out into the future, or back into the past. It can also become fixated with the energy that can pass through our body and nervous system.

This identification with movement shapes and dominates our experience of life.

Because awareness has a tendency to keep moving, it appears we have no ability to be attentive to one thing for sustained periods. But it is possible for our awareness to remain attentive to the immovable Stillness that underlies thought, and energy, and everything in our material world. This ability to remain attentive to the unchanging Stillness, or in other words this present moment, allows us to experience on-going peace and contentment.

Our world continues to move and change, but it is possible to remain here, completely aware of, and attentive to this present moment, not identifying with thought or energy that passes through our existence. When our awareness remains attentive to the Stillness, the experience of life is rich and full and profoundly peaceful. It is also highly effective and magical.

When we start to become aware, or see that our experience of life is a function of where we place our attention we begin to become empowered. We become less interested in the continually moving thoughts, energy and external aspects of our life.  We see that the more we allow our awareness to be attentive to this unmoving present moment, the more peace we experience.