Awareness (quotes)


What is awareness?


Awareness is the ability to be conscious of what is happening within and without


Awareness and consciousness


Consciousness and awareness are often spoken of together

  • Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. It has been defined as: sentience, awareness, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood, and the executive control system of the mind.    G Farthing
  • Consciousness: The state of being conscious; awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
  • Consciousness—The having of perceptions, thoughts, and feelings; awareness. Stuart Sutherland , International Dictionary of Psychology
  • Consciousness is the highest word you will ever utter. There is nothing higher or deeper than consciousness. Consciousness is pure awareness. Michael Singer
  • Consciousness—that in you which is aware of your experience in this moment. Sam Harris
  • Consciousness is inhabiting your own private world of awareness. Susan Black
  • The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu
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Awareness is necessary for us to have an inner experience

  • Without awareness, no object can be seen, touched, tasted, smelled, felt, experienced, or thought about. Scott Kiloby
  • Awareness is inseparable from everything it sees. Without awareness, this page, the words and letters on it and all the other sights, sounds, and smells in the room right now could not be experienced. Without awareness, the internal thoughts, emotions, and sensations experienced while reading this reflection could not happen. Scott Kiloby
  • Awareness is the common matrix of every experience.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • You will begin to notice who is experiencing the experience. Eventually, you will get to a point within yourself where you realize that you, the experiencer, have a certain quality. And that quality is awareness, consciousness, an intuitive sense of existence. You know that you’re in there. You don’t have to think about it; you just know. Michael A. Singer
  • Awareness isn’t within my experience. My experience is arising within awareness.  Tim Freke
  • I am spacious awareness within which my experience of life is arising. Tim Freke
  • The outside world and the flow of inner emotions come and go. But you, the one who experiences these things, remain consciously aware of whatever passes before you. Michael Singer
  • PerceptionThe senses,   Experience

Awareness is a sacred and powerful state that brings great rewards


Awareness is a sacred, powerful force that goes beyond thought

  • Put your awareness to work, not your mind. The mind is not the right instrument for this task. The timeless can be reached only by the timeless. Your body and your mind are born subject to time; only awareness is timeless, even in the now. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Awareness is bigger than thinking because it can hold thought as well. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Although it is difficult to pinpoint the physical base or location of awareness, it is perhaps the most precious thing concealed within our brains. And it is something that the individual alone can feel and experience. Each of us cherishes it highly, yet it is private. The Dalai Lama
  • What is the relationship between awareness and thinking? Awareness is the space in which thoughts exist when that space has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • You are not your thoughts, but the awareness behind them. Eckhart Tolle
  • Awakening is a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate. For most people, it is not an event but a process they undergo. Instead of being lost in your thinking, when you are awake you recognize yourself as the awareness behind it. Eckhart Tolle
  • Awareness is the space in which thoughts exist when that space has become conscious of itself. Eckhart Tolle
  • Awareness or spirit simply means a beingness, a sense of aliveness which transcends all of our form. This awareness is totally inclusive. It is a state of being where everything is okay simply the way it is. Adyashanti
  • The mind may accept or deny that you are awareness, but either way it can’t really understand. It cannot comprehend. Thought cannot comprehend what is beyond thought. Adyashanti
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Awareness transforms life

  • The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle
  • Awareness is the greatest alchemy there is. Just go on becoming more and more aware. You will find your life changing for the better in every possible dimension. It will bring great fulfilment. Osho
  • Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming.  Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.  Bruce Lee
  • Awareness is like bringing a light to the darkness of mindless reactions. Once you can see them more clearly, you can choose to respond more skilfully. Bob Stahl
  • A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self- awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self- awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become. John O’Donohue
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Awareness awakens us to the here and now

  • A look filled with understanding, an accepting smile, a loving word, a meal shared in warmth and awareness are the things which create happiness in the present moment. By nourishing awareness in the present moment, you can avoid causing suffering to yourself and those around you.  The way you look at others, your smile, and your small acts of caring can create happiness. True happiness does not depend on wealth or fame.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future. Eric Berne
  • If my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world. Alan Watts
  • With repeated practice, we give up our restless search for happiness in the next moment and learn that by inhabiting each moment with full awareness, we experience a deepening sensory aliveness and richness. Ronald S. Miller
  • Only the human heart can live in present moment awareness. The human mind cannot, because its essential nature is to ponder the past and plan the future. This is why all wise beings encourage us to go beyond the mind into the timeless, boundless transcendence of heart-centred awareness. David Simon
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Awareness, free of judgement, raises consciousness …

  • As our awareness begins to shift, old patterns are beginning to break down and we lose our familiar points of reference. We need to let go and flow with events, not knowing the outcome but trusting in divine purpose. June McLeod
  • The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu
  • Everything that is, appears in awareness. Awareness does not pick, choose, or judge what appears upon or within it. It does not matter what happens, awareness contains it as it is. John Greven
  • Letting be. With this quality of awareness, you can simply let things be as they are, with no need to try to let go of whatever is present. Bob Stahl
  • This quality of awareness involves cultivating impartial observation in regard to any experience—not labelling thoughts, feelings, or sensations as good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unfair, but simply taking note of thoughts, feelings, or sensations in each moment. Bob Stahl
  • Let go of the need to judge

… and allows us to live more consciously

  • There’s nothing so delightful as being aware. Would you rather live in darkness? Would you rather act and not be aware of your words? Would you rather listen to people and not be aware of what you’re hearing, or see things and not be aware of what you’re looking at? The great Socrates said, ‘The unaware life is not worth living.’ That’s a self- evident truth. Most people don’t live aware lives. They live mechanical lives, mechanical thoughts—generally somebody else’s—mechanical emotions, mechanical actions, mechanical reactions. Anthony de Mello
  • So the question is not: Why start off on such a path? You have already started off. You did so with the first beat of your heart. The question is: Do I wish to walk this path consciously, or unconsciously? With awareness or lack of awareness? As the cause of my experience, or at the effect of it? Neale Donald Walsch
  • What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you. Anthony de Mello
  • Most of us actually just give lip service to a life of higher awareness; we don’t always want to undertake the necessary steps to create the life we desire. Wayne Dyer
  • Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness. Ramana Maharshi
  • The aim of life is to live, and to live means… to be aware, joyously, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller
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Awareness brings a sense of wakefulness and aliveness


Awareness opens us to love

  • The key to the universe is Love, together, in a partnership with Awareness. Robert Cosmar
  • Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others. David R. Hawkins
  • Awareness born of love is the only force that can bring healing and renewal. Out of our love for another person, we become more willing to let our old identities wither and fall away, and enter a dark night of the soul, so that we may stand naked once more in the presence of the great mystery that lies at the core of our being.  This is how love ripens us — by warming us from within, inspiring us to break out of our shell, and lighting our way through the dark passage to new birth.  John Welwood
  • There is a tremendous desire and longing for love, but love needs great awareness. Only then can it reach its highest climax — and that highest climax IS marriage. It has nothing to do with law. It is a merging of two hearts into totality. It is the functioning of two persons in synchronicity — that is marriage. Rajneesh
  • Awareness without love is too cold. Love without awareness is too hot. The middle way is slowly showing itself as we wear out all our extremes from having had the nerve to experiment. Osho
  • If we practice awareness or loving-kindness, it becomes our way and the world responds accordingly. We are heirs to the results of our actions, to the intentions we bring to every moment we initiate. We make ripples upon the ocean of the universe through our very presence. Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield
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Awareness brings greater freedom to choose

  • With awareness, we have choice, the freedom to choose, free will. It is choice that gives us power. Power which is energy. Energy that allows us to move forward in alignment with our choices. Laura Kangas
  • Awareness precedes choice and choice precedes results. Robin Sharma
  • Between stimulus and response, you have the freedom to choose your response based on self-awareness, your imagination, your conscience and your independent will. Stephen Covey
  • Every human has four endowments- self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen Covey
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Awareness heals

  • Awareness in itself is healing. Fritz Pearls
  • Conscious awareness is the source of our healing. Only when you say the truth can the truth set you free. This is not a negative process, but at times it is a difficult process.  Marianne Williamson
  • If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. Stephen Levine
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Awareness brings inner peace and calmness

  • An emotional state stems from grasping desires and encroaching fears, but true awareness is calmness. J. Goldwag
  • Through awareness, you get a certain attitude. That’s the way, you see, to achieve more peaceful, more compassion, more friendship through that way. The Dalai Lama
  • A truly peaceful mind is very sensitive, very aware. The Dalai Lama
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Awareness brings growth and transcendence

  • If we learn how to inhabit now more – with awareness – then it’s almost as if the universe becomes your teacher. Because there’s no boundary to awareness. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu
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Awareness opens us to the divinity inside us

  • An aware person is in tune with all the powers of God and makes them his or her own. Donald Curtis
  • One moment of instantaneous awareness brings more clarity than a lifetime of contrived meditation. That one moment of instantaneous awareness introduces us to that about ourselves that will never change. In this sense, every moment would be the ultimate meditation, no matter what the moment may contain. Candice O’Denver
  • The radiance of God is the light of awareness that reveals the divinity of all that exists. David R. Hawkins
  • Consciousness is an impersonal quality of Divinity expressed as awareness and is nondualistic and nonlinear. David R. Hawkins
  • Consciousness is like infinite space that is capable of awareness. Conscious awareness is a quality of the Divine Essence. David R. Hawkins
  • The All is conscious. It is self-aware. Adyashanti
  • There is one awareness among all created beings. None have been created without this awareness. Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Awareness opens us to wonder and fascination

  • A heightened state of awareness comes when we look, and then look again, and then relax into whatever situation we are in. When we have a capacity for fascination with simple things, we are able to sit peacefully for hours on a park bench, or in an airport, engrossed by the different gaits and gestures of people as they walk, talk, and stand.  We develop the ability to be patient as we stand in line at the grocery store because we have the ability to look with fascination and wonder at all that surrounds us.  Charlotte Davis Kasl
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A lack of awareness is deeply limiting

  • The habit of ignoring our present moments in favor of others yet to come leads directly to a pervasive lack of awareness of the web of life in which we are embedded. This includes a lack of awareness and understanding of our own mind and how it influences our perceptions and our actions. It severely limits our perspective on what it means to be a person and how we are connected to each other and the world around us. Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Awareness is what we are in essence


Awareness is alive in you at all times for it is who you are

  • You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things; that is, of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them, then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Always, every instant every moment in every circumstance, silent awareness is alive in you. Gangaji
  • An enlightened awareness is within each one of us, right at this moment. This enlightened awareness is truly unborn and marvellously illuminating; and everything is perfectly managed by it.  Conclusively realise that what is unborn and illuminating is truly awakened and without effort, rest naturally as the Unborn Mind.  Resting in this way, you are a living Buddha.  Bankei
  • Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Awareness is our true self; it’s what we are. So we don’t have to try to develop awareness; we simply need to notice how we block awareness with our thoughts, our fantasies, our opinions, and our judgments. We’re either in awareness, which is our natural state, or we’re doing something else. Joko Beck
  • Consciousness is simply the light by which the contours of mind and body are known. It is that which is aware of feelings such as joy, regret, amusement, and despair. Sam Harris
  • Deep down we have the qualities of clarity, awareness, sensitivity, warmth and love. but, we have little idea at the outset just how deep and vast those qualities can be. Yaaqut
  • Don’t let a day go by without asking who you are…each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness. Deepak Chopra
  • I am suggesting that life is like a dream. Right now, you appear to be a person in the life-dream. But this is only your ‘apparent identity’, it is not who you really are. Your ‘essential identity’ is much less concrete and much more mysterious. You are awareness witnessing the life-dream. Tim Freke
  • I am the primal oneness of awareness, conscious through Tim. Tim Freke
  • I am the unconscious field of awareness individualized as a particular ‘I’. Tim Freke
  • In the dreaming state and the waking state, I appear to be a physical body, but essentially, I am intangible awareness.  Tim Freke
  • In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. It will be a permanent Self, rooted in awareness and creativity. Once you have captured this, you have captured the world. Deepak Chopra
  • Subjectively I am the experiencer of this moment. I am the mysterious presence I call ‘I’.   I’m conscious of being the ‘I’ experiencing a stream of experiences right now.   But what is the ‘I’?   The ‘I’ is aware of this moment, so I could describe the ‘I’ as ‘awareness’.   I am awareness witnessing an ever-changing flow of experiences that I call ‘life’.  Tim Freke
  • The outside world and the flow of inner emotions come and go. But you, the one who experiences these things, remain consciously aware of whatever passes before you. Michael Singer
  • The purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, and to introduce us to that which we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • We are perceivers. We are an awareness; we are not objects; we have no solidity.  We are boundless.  The world of objects and solidity is a way of making our passage on earth convenient. Michael Talbot
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You are awareness experiencing this moment

  • You are awareness witnessing a stream of experiences within which you appear to be a person. Tim Freke
  • You are experiencing something right now. That’s obvious, right? So you are an experiencer of experiences. Become conscious of being the ‘experiencer’ of this moment and let’s explore what that means.  The ‘experiencer’ is your essential identity which you call ‘I’.  The ‘I’ is witnessing everything you are seeing, hearing, touching and imagining.  The ‘I’ is aware of an ever-changing stream of experiences right now.  But what is the ‘I’?  Is the ‘I’ your body?  The body is something you are experiencing. It isn’t the experiencer.  Is the ‘I’ your mind?  No. The mind is something you are experiencing. It isn’t the experiencer.  The ‘I’ is aware of everything you are experiencing, so the ‘I’ could be called ‘awareness’.  That may sound a strange way of describing your identity – but try it out.  Be awareness experiencing this moment.  Common sense says you are a person. But even in everyday speech we say ‘I have a body’, not ‘I am a body’. And we talk of ‘my mind’ as if the mind is something we possess, not something we are.  This is because the ‘I’ is not the body or mind.  The ‘I’ is awareness witnessing the body and mind.  Can you get that?  Over your lifetime your body has aged and your mind has matured, but don’t you feel as if something has remained the same? Isn’t the essential ‘you’ no different now from when you were much younger? What is this essential ‘you’ that is constant and enduring? It is awareness. Awareness is the constant background of all your experiences. Awareness is the unchanging witness of all that changes. Awareness is a perpetual presence that is always present.  Do you agree?  Right now, you are awareness witnessing a stream of experiences. This is your permanent essential identity.  Tim Freke
  • Everything you are aware of exists within awareness, otherwise you wouldn’t be aware of it! So what is awareness? Awareness isn’t something within your experience. It is an emptiness that contains all you are experiencing.  Try it out and see how it feels. Be the spacious emptiness of awareness within which everything you are experiencing exists.  All you see and hear and touch and imagine exists within awareness. Your body exists within awareness. The world exists within awareness.  You may appear to be a body in the world, but essentially you are awareness and the world exists in you – just like when you are dreaming.  Time is the perpetual flow of ever-changing appearances that awareness witnesses. Time exists within awareness. Awareness is outside of time. You are timeless awareness dreaming itself to be a person in time.  Tim Freke

Become the awareness (the witness) behind your thoughts and emotions

  • You are not your thoughts, but the awareness behind them. Eckhart Tolle
  • Instead of being lost in your thinking, when you are awake you recognize yourself as the awareness behind it. Thinking then ceases to be a self-serving autonomous activity that takes possession of you and runs your life. Awareness takes over from thinking. Instead of being in charge of your life, thinking becomes the servant of awareness. Awareness is conscious connection with universal intelligence. Another word for it is Presence: consciousness without thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • Basically, you’re not alone in there. There are two distinct aspects of your inner being. The first is you, the awareness, the witness, the center of your willful intention; and the other is that which you watch. The problem is, the part that you watch never shuts up. If you could get rid of that part, even for a moment, the peace and serenity would be the nicest vacation you ever had. Michael Singer
  • But emotions still arise. Enlightenment does not exclude anything—including any emotion, thought, experience, or state. It is the opening in which everything is happening. It is a seeing, not a denying of what is. Ultimately, it is pure awareness being completely open to whatever emotion, thought, experience, or state is happening at the moment. Scott Kiloby
  • Do nothing except notice that the pure awareness that you are in this moment is naturally and fully open to every experience, state, and emotion that arises in that awareness. When any emotion arises, notice that awareness is what sees and feels the emotion directly. “Notice” is not an invitation to witness the emotions as if you are somehow separate from them. Notice is an invitation to be fully open to the emotion and to see that awareness is arising as the emotion. Scott Kiloby
  • Being can be felt, but can never be understood mentally. To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling- realization” is enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle
  • The mind covers up reality, without knowing it. To know the nature of the mind, you need intelligence, the capacity to look at the mind in silent and dispassionate awareness. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice — the thinker — but the one who is aware of it. Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom. Eckhart Tolle
  • Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness. Ramana Maharshi
  • We are fortunate now to become aware of the contents of our mind. With that knowledge, we will be able to change the aspects that lead to confusion and misery in our lives. Thubten Chodron

Awareness is limited in a distracted and thought driven world


In today’s world of distraction, we tend to suffer from a poverty of awareness

  • From the point of view of the meditative traditions the entire society is suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Most man’s awareness doesn’t extend past their dinner plates. Scott Westerfeld
  • The world is not a problem; the problem is your unawareness. Rajneesh
  • A greater poverty than that caused by lack of money is the poverty of unawareness. Men and women go about the world unaware of the beauty, the goodness, and the glories in it. Their souls are poor.  It is better to have a poor pocketbook than to suffer from a poor soul.  Jerry Fleishman
  • The glut of information was dulling awareness, not aiding it. Jerry Mander
  • Modern man is drinking and drugging himself out of awareness, or he spends his time shopping, which is the same thing. Ernest Becker
  • All of us are watchers — of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway — but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing  Peter M. Leschak
  • Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them. Alan Watts

Most of all, we lose our awareness by being lost in compulsive thinking

  • You think, you become that thought. And consciousness, or the state of pure awareness, is lost. Barry Long
  • Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. Eckhart Tolle
  • Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one’s head. Mark Twain
  • When the robot mind is mastered, undisciplined thinking ceases and is replaced by awareness. Awareness can know love. Barry Long
  • It is the habit of the mind to destroy the state of awareness as quickly as possible. It does this by judging, for judging is thinking. Barry Long
  • Let go of incessant thinking

Become aware


Expand your awareness through paying mindful attention to what is right now

  • Living mindlessly . . . takes an enormous toll. What we get from each moment depends on the attention we give it, and the quality of our experience reflects the quality of our awareness.  Roger Walsh
  • Mindfulness is awareness and it’s cultivated by paying attention. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Choose to have fun. Fun creates enjoyment.  Enjoyment invites participation.  Participation focuses attention. Attention expands awareness.  Awareness promotes insight.  Insight generates knowledge.  Knowledge facilitates action.  Action yields results. Oswald B. Shallow
  • Mindfulness is the cultivation of awareness, bringing the attention to the moment over and over until there is a constant consciousness. This awareness is without comment, without discrimination, without judgment.  Steven Harrison
  • Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future. Eric Berne
  • Discover the extraordinary in the ordinary by bringing awareness to the moment. Bring consciousness into even the most simple actions. Eckhart Tolle
  • Do not pursue the past. Do not usher in the future. Rest evenly with present awareness. Tibetan meditation instruction
  • Greater awareness. Abiding peace. Inner fulfilment. These are the rewards of living in alignment with the moment. Eckhart Tolle
  • Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter. Charles Lindbergh
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Wherever you are, look around you and be aware

  • Look not back in anger, nor forward in fear but around you in awareness. Ross Hersey
  • Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. James Thurber
  • The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. Henry Miller
  • Just let awareness have its way with you completely. Scott Morrison
  • Real attainment is to be fully conscious, to be aware of surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge consciousness in the environment. One should remain in inner independent awareness. Ramana Maharshi
  • Observe what is with undivided awareness. Bruce Lee
  • Awareness means the capacity to see a coffeepot and hear the birds sing in one’s own way and not the way one was taught. Eric Berne

Whatever you do, do it with awareness

  • From now on, do whatsoever you want, but do it with awareness. Easy and natural are the keys. Don’t repress anything, be your own self. Rajneesh
  • Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Looking upon leads to awareness. Awareness leads to action. Menachot, Talmud

Use all of life, including pain, to deepen your awareness

  • If there is pain, use it as an awareness, as meditation, as a sharpening of the soul. Rajneesh
  • Everything that shows up in your life is supposed to; this includes the falls in your life, which provide you with the energy to propel yourself to a higher state of awareness. Wayne Dyer
  • People have a need to feel their pain. Very often pain is the beginning of a great deal of awareness.  As an energy centre, it awakens consciousness.  Arnold Mindell
  • The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one. M. Scott Peck
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Become aware through your senses

  • The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body. George Sheehan
  • Notice, look, feel, listen, sense, and give yourself fully to the experience you are having, and you will drop into the Now. Gina Lake
  • Sense perception is closer to who you are than thought. Eckhart Tolle
  • The sense perception is the foreground and the awareness of the perceiver is the background. The background is an underlying stillness, an awareness of the “I am.” Eckhart Tolle
  • In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy
  • Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look, don’t interpret. See the light, shapes, colours, textures. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them. Listen to the silence underneath the sounds. Touch something – anything – and feel and acknowledge its Being. Observe the rhythm of your breathing; feel the air flowing in and out, feel the life energy inside your body. Allow everything to be, within and without. Allow the “isness” of all things. Move deeply into the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • To live without awareness is to live as the deaf, blind and dumb in a world of vibrant light and sound. Belsebuub
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Become aware through the practice of mindfulness

  • Practice moment to moment non-judgemental awareness. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The astonishing thing, so counterintuitive, is that nothing else needs to happen. We can give up trying to make something special occur. In letting go of wanting something special to occur, maybe we can realize that something very special is already occuring – namely, your life unfolding in each moment in awareness. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • You should remain aware every moment of your daily life, fully conscious of what you are doing and how you are doing it. Lama Yeshe
  • Mindfulness is a way of being which involves bringing awareness to the unfolding of present experience, moment-to- moment, with curiosity, openness and acceptance. It involves a process of becoming more aware and accepting towards all your experiences—including the unpleasant ones. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings in the moment. When consciously and kindly focusing awareness on life as it unfolds minute by precious minute, you are better able to savor each experience.  Also, being closely attentive gives you the opportunity to change unwise or painful feelings and responses quickly.  In fact, being truly present in a mindful way is an excellent stress reducer and, because of that, can be seen as consciousness conditioning, a strengthening workout for body, mind, heart, and spirit.  Sue Patton Thoele
  • Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you—in your body, heart and mind. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment. Jan Chozen Bays
  • Mindfulness is like a floodlight, shining awareness on the whole field of your experience, including sensations, emotions, and thoughts as they arise and pass away in the dynamic, ever- changing flux that characterizes the human experience of body and mind. Frank Jude Boccio
  • Mindfulness is much more than simply being aware. We can be aware of pain without being at all mindful of it. Mindfulness is a particular kind of awareness, which is purposeful, focused, curious, and rooted in our moment- by- moment experience. Bodhipaksa
  • Mindfulness: a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind-body process through calm and focused awareness without judgment. Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Become aware through meditation

  • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Swami Sivananda
  • Meditation is the process by which we go about deepening our attention and awareness, refining them, and putting them to greater practical use in our lives. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Instead of ‘watching the thinker,’ you can also create a gap in the mind stream simply by directing the focus of your attention into the Now. Just become intensely conscious of the present moment. This is a deeply satisfying thing to do. In this way, you draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation. Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditation is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware— not only of our own inner workings but also of what’s happening around us in the here and now. Sharon Salzberg
  • Meditation means awareness. Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation.  Osho
  • A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self- awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self- awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • In true meditation, all objects are left to their natural functioning. This means that no effort should be made to manipulate or suppress any object of awareness. In true meditation, the emphasis is on being awareness; not on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself. Primordial awareness (consciousness) is the source in which all objects arise and subside. Adyashanti
  • Meditation is not passive sitting in silence. It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction, and realizing the clear understanding that arises from concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Remember one thing: meditation means awareness. Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation. Action is not the question, but the quality that you bring to your action. Walking can be a meditation if you walk alertly. Sitting can be a meditation if you listen with awareness. Just listening to the inner noise of your mind can be a meditation if you remain alert and watchful. Osho
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Become aware by being conscious of your body

  • Attention to the human body brings healing and regeneration. Through awareness of the body we remember who we really are. Jack Kornfield
  • The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body. George Sheehan
  • Mindfulness of the body is awareness of… the taste and smell of this moment. Steve Hagen
  • As much as possible in everyday life, use awareness of the inner body to create space. When waiting, when listening to someone, when pausing to look at the sky, a tree, a flower, your partner, or child, feel the aliveness within at the same time. Eckhart Tolle
  • It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the “I Am,” our real presence, can awaken. G.I. Gurdjieff
  • Make it a habit to feel the inner body as often as you can. Body awareness not only anchors you in the present moment, it is a doorway out of the prison that is the ego. Eckhart Tolle
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Become aware by being conscious of the breath

  • It’s not about the breath, it’s about the awareness and the breath is simply a skilful means for befriending this deep capacity of the heart and mind. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • It helps to have a focus for your attention, an anchor line to tether you to the present moment and to guide you back when the mind wanders. The breath serves this purpose exceedingly well. It can be a true ally. Bringing awareness to our breathing, we remind ourselves that we are here now, so we might as well be fully awake for whatever is already happening. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space. Eckhart Tolle
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Become aware through contemplation

  • Contemplation is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. Thomas Merton
  • Contemplation is the root of awareness and creativity. Sandra Chantry
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Become aware through listening

  • Thought does not listen. Only awareness does. Recognize that you are the aware space in which your friend is talking. Sense the present awareness of the inner body and mind. That awareness is naturally awake and quiet. It effortlessly listens. If any noisy thoughts arise while listening, simply see them. In seeing them, the inward space recognizes itself again. Eckhart Tolle
  • Listening is a very active awareness of the coming together of at least two lives. Listening, as far as I’m concerned, is certainly a prerequisite of love. One of the most essential ways of saying ‘I love you’ is being a receptive listener. Fred Rogers
  • True listening goes far beyond auditory perception. It is the arising of alert attention, a space of presence in which the words are being received. The words now become secondary. They may be meaningful or they may not make sense. Far more important than what you are listening to is the act of listening itself, the space of conscious presence that arises as you listen. That space is a unifying field of awareness in which you meet the other person without the separative barriers created by conceptual thinking. And now the other person is no longer “other.” In that space, you are joined together as one awareness, one consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
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Become aware though travel

  • Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end. Pico Lyer
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Be aware of …


Be aware of being aware for this is the essence of spiritual awakening

  • To be aware is to be awake. Unaware means asleep. You are aware anyhow, you need not try to be. What you need is to be aware of being aware. Be aware deliberately and consciously, broaden and deepen the field of awareness. You are always conscious of the mind, but you are not aware of yourself as being conscious. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Be aware of the treasure in each new day

  • Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart.  Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.  Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.  Mary Jean Irion
  • Only that day dawns to which we are awake. Henry David Thoreau
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Be aware of all the treasures that life contains

  • Today, I choose awareness. I choose to be aware of the beauty of life and living. I choose to be aware of the simple truths in life. I choose to be aware of the simple pleasures in life.  I choose awareness of joy.  I choose awareness of peace.  I choose awareness of love.  I choose to see, to feel, to know, the presence of divine energy in myself and those around me.  Today, I choose to be aware and to embrace all that is good, noble, and divine. As my awareness of joy, peace, love, and goodness grows in my consciousness, joy, peace, love, and goodness become the reality in which I live. For this I am so grateful!  And So It Is!  Iyanla Vanzant

Be aware of beauty and wonder in the world around you

  • To have an open self is to keep yourself aware, alert and sensitive to the beauty and wonder of life. God’s love will flow through you into the world when you are open.  You enlarge the dimensions of your life when you keep yourself open to the highest and best.  The key to God’s infinite riches is within you; open yourself and you will receive.  Wilferd A. Peterson
  • There is a rhythm in life, a certain beauty which operates by a variation of lights and shadows, happiness alternating with sorrow, content with discontent, distilling in this process of contrast a sense of satisfaction, of richness that can be captured and pinned down only by those who possess the gift of awareness. Louis Bromfield
  • There is no end to the beauty for the person who is aware. Even the cracks between the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty.  Matthew Fox
  • Awareness is a choice, and sometimes it takes effort. But it’s never disappointing if we truly put some effort into it.  The rewards for our effort already surround us all the time, but they’re awards that we miss constantly until we make the decision to open our eyes and our hearts to the beauty that’s always everywhere.  Tom Walsh
  • Spiritual growth means increasing your awareness of beauty, opening your heart, and experiencing more love and compassion. Sanaya Roman
  • A monk asks: Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature? The master answers: Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature. Angelus Silesius
  • The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.  Eden Philpotts
  • Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. Eckhart Tolle
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Be aware of the miracle of life

  • Miracles take place every single day, but they may slip right past our awareness if we have not tuned in to their frequency. When we are scouting them out, our awareness is heightened and they appear right before us almost on command because we have correlated our desire with an intended outcome. Judy Williamson
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Be aware of the togetherness and connectivity of all living beings

  • Hours of solitude, hours of creation, hours of meditation. Solitude and meditation gave me an awareness, a perspective which I have never lost: that of solidarity with the rest of mankind. Vincente Alexandre
  • The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics. Albert Schweitzer
  • The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe. Albert Schweitzer
  • At the deepest level of ecological awareness, you are talking about spiritual awareness. Spiritual awareness is an understanding of being imbedded in a larger whole, a cosmic whole, of belonging to the universe. Fritjof Capra
  • The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. Thomas Merton
  • Unity awareness is consciousness of the greater whole of which we are all a part and which we are now able to embody in human form. Jude Currivan
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Be aware of the feelings of yourself and others

  • If you don’t know what you are feeling, you will create unconsciously. If you are unconscious of an aspect of yourself; if it operates outside your field of awareness, that aspect has power over you. Gary Zukav
  • When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life. Tara Meyer Robson
  • Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use. Emily Post
  • So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it. Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Be aware of your inner wisdom and guidance

  • We catch on to the truth and technique of expectation in those rare moments when we are stirred by an awareness of a guidance seemingly higher and greater than our own, when for a little while we are taken over by a force and an intelligence above and beyond those commonly felt. Confident and free, filled with wonder and ready acceptance, we permit ourselves to be taken over by our unquestioning self. Marcus Bach
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Be aware of yourself as pure consciousness

  • This new awareness has radical implications for each and every one of us. For it reveals a wholly interconnected, conscious and holographic universe, a Cosmos where consciousness is primary– and where we are therefore both creator and co- creator. Jude Currivan
  • The All is conscious. It is self-aware. Adyashanti
  • Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom. Eckhart Tolle
  • Awareness is not a quality of the Self. The Self is without qualities. Awareness is not an action of the Self. The Self does nothing. The Self, our Being, IS Awareness. Sri Muruganar
  • You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things; that is, of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them, then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self. Ramana Maharshi
  • The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. Lao Tzu
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Be aware of your blessings

  • All we have is all we need. All we need is the awareness of how blessed we are. Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • No matter how bad things look, you are always being blessed. Ask yourself, ‘What is the blessing here?’ and express gratitude for the awareness that comes to you. Marta Davidovich Ockuly
  • As your awareness of the riches available to you in your everyday life grows, you are on the way to becoming the laughing Buddha. Life is joyous. Life is Light. Life is happy. You are awake at last. Susan Jeffers
  • Once you have gently acknowledged the pain you can then broaden out your field of awareness to look for any pleasure that is also going on in the moment. Notice experiences such as sun on the skin, being with a loved one, noticing flowers by the bed etc. There will always be something pleasurable in your experience, no matter how subtle. Let the pain be just one of several things you are aware of in the moment. Vidyamala
  • Today, I choose awareness. I choose to be aware of the beauty of life and living. I choose to be aware of the simple truths in life. I choose to be aware of the simple pleasures in life.  I choose awareness of joy.  I choose awareness of peace.  I choose awareness of love.   Iyanla Vanzant
  • Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost. Kevin Patterson

Be aware of death

  • An awareness of death encourages us to live more intensely. Paulo Coelho
  • No matter what, I want to continue living with the awareness that I will die. Without that, I am not alive. Banana Yoshimoto
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Be aware of the suffering of others

  • Compassion is defined as a keen awareness of the suffering of another coupled with a desire to see it relieved. Will Bowen
  • Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures. Eckhart Tolle
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Be aware of what is possible

  • When the awareness of what is achievable brushes your life, your journey has begun. Lorii Myers
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Be aware of how you can serve

  • When you are able to shift your inner awareness to how you can serve others, and when you make this the central focus of your life, you will then be in a position to know true miracles in your progress toward prosperity. Wayne Dyer
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Be aware of God’s presence

  • The Creator has to be experienced beyond the five senses and the only instrument that can experience in this way, for you, is yourself – in the state of thoughtless awareness in which you declare ‘I am’ and hold it. Barry Long
  • How can I bring the feeling of God’s presence with me into everyday life? Perhaps I can make it a point, whenever I drive on the highway, or ride a bus or subway, or travel by air, to count the time as a gift.  Instead of fretting about what’s ahead of me or how long it’s taking me to get there, perhaps I can allow myself just to relax into the scene: to open the windows of my awareness and let it all in; to say, with my Creator, “It is very good.”  Marilyn Morgan Helleberg
  • I choose to see, to feel, to know, the presence of divine energy in myself and those around me. Iyanla Vanzant
  • I think a lot about Big Mind-Small Mind, expansive, wide-lens consciousness and contracted, introverted consciousness. I have moments–we all do–when just being alive is a pleasure and a miracle.  They feel like moments when the shutters of the mind are open so I can look out.  It also feels as if those same shutters have no hooks to fix them in an open position.  One small wind and bang–they slam shut.  Sylvia Boorstein
  • Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God. Peace Pilgrim
  • You can only get next to God through the effort of preparation. To experience the uncreated, the state of awareness will have to be held for several minutes. You are then between time and the time-less – waiting for the unknown, which will come but cannot be willed. Barry Long
  • Prayer power is real. By putting it into action, we will be able to stay more constantly in higher awareness than ever before. If we can do that, the world will quickly change. James Redfield
  • Those who are highly evolved, maintain an undiscriminating perception. Seeing everything, labelling nothing, they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness.  Thus they are supported by it.  Lao Tzu
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Become self-aware for it is the path to personal freedom


Self-awareness is awareness of your own traits, feelings, and behaviours

  • Self-awareness: Aware of oneself, including one’s traits, feelings, and behaviours.
  • Self-awareness: Knowledge and awareness of your own personality or character.  Merriam Webster
  • Self-awareness: Conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. Oxford Dictionary
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Get to know yourself by becoming self-aware

  • The fact that we are aware of ourselves is both our greatest curse and also our greatest blessing. Leonard Jacobson
  • Self-awareness is an act of self-kindness. Reuben Lowe
  • What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. Abraham Maslow
  • There is no freedom like seeing myself as I am and not losing heart. Elizabeth J. Canham
  • Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding about ourselves. Carl Jung
  • Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul. James Allen
  • People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering. St Augustine
  • Know thyself. Socrates
  • The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Average individuals often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are whereas self- actualizing individuals have superior awareness of their own impulses, desires, opinions, and subjective reactions in general. Abraham Maslow
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Become aware of your thoughts and emotions

  • We can’t control what thoughts and emotions arise within us, nor can we control the universal truth that everything changes. But we can learn to step back and rest in the awareness of what’s happening. That awareness can be our refuge. Sharon Salzberg
  • Self-awareness is not an attention that gets carried away by emotions, overreacting and amplifying what is perceived. Rather, it is a neutral mode that maintains self-reflectiveness even amidst turbulent emotions. Daniel Goleman
  • In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine our success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships. John Gottman
  • So how do you become more aware? One way is to stop and ask yourself, “What am I thinking now? What am I feeling now?” The moment you ask you are aware, because you have brought your mind back to the present moment. Whenever you think of it, bring yourself back to the awareness of now. Do it hundreds of times each day. Rhonda Byrne
  • Thoughts are merely sounds, words, symbols or bits of language, so why declare war on them? Our aim here is to increase our self- awareness; to recognise when we’re fusing with our thoughts, and to catch ourselves when it happens. Russ Harris
  • Without an awareness of our feelings we cannot experience compassion. How can we share the sufferings and the joys of others if we cannot experience our own?  Gary Zukav
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Become aware of your beliefs

  • So the next step is to develop awareness of all the self-limiting, fear-based beliefs that make you unhappy. You take an inventory of all that you believe, all your agreements, and through this process you begin the transformation. The Toltecs called this the Art of Transformation, and it’s a whole mastery. You achieve the Mastery of Transformation by changing the fear-based agreements that make you suffer, and reprogramming your own mind, in your own way. Don Miguel Ruiz
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Become aware of your shortcomings

  • To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th The Dalai Lama
  • People love as self-recognition what they hate as an accusation. Elias Canetti
  • O, happy the soul that saw its own faults. Rumi
  • To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else. The Dalai Lama
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Become aware of negativity in you

  • Encourage yourself by remembering that any detection of negativity within you is a positive act, not a negative one. Awareness of your weakness and confusion makes you strong because conscious awareness is the bright light that destroys the darkness of negativity. Honest self-observation dissolves pains and pressures that formerly did their dreadful work in the darkness of unawareness. Vernon Howard
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Become aware of your fears

  • To live fully is to live with an awareness of the rumble of terror that underlies everything. Ernest Becker
  • On a psycho-spiritual level the sensation of fear can actually serve to keep us self-aware. It’s a very powerful indicator of where we are contracting, projecting, reaching, risking, sensing darkness. Danielle LaPort
  • Become aware of your doubts and fears. Shine some light on them. Beat them with a thousand tiny cuts. Do it anyway, because they are wrong. Leo Babauta
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Become aware of your choices

  • Awareness precedes choice and choice precedes results. Robin S. Sharma
  • Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. Robert F. Bennett
  • No matter what your spiritual condition is, no matter where you find yourself in the universe, your choice is always the same: to expand your awareness or contract it. Thaddeus Golas
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Be aware of what you don’t know

  • A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance. Niccolo Machiavelli
  • True wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. Anthony de Mello
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Being self-aware gives you the freedom to change…

  • To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. Eric Hoffer
  • The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Nathaniel Branden
  • Every human has four endowments- self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen Covey
  • What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. Abraham Maslow
  • The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Nathaniel Branden
  • Until we know ourselves and are aware of ourselves as separate from others and from the environment—until we can be separated even from ourselves so that we can observe our own tendencies, thoughts, and desires—we have no foundation from which to know and respect other people, let alone create change within ourselves. Stephen Covey
  • We are fortunate now to become aware of the contents of our mind. With that knowledge, we will be able to change the aspects that lead to confusion and misery in our lives. Thubten Chodron
  • All change begins with awareness. Barrie Davenport
  • Compassionate self-awareness leads to change; harsh self- criticism only holds the pattern in place, creating a stubborn and defensive Basic Self. Be gentle with yourself as you would with a child. Be gentle but firm. Give yourself the space to grow. But remember that the timing is in god’s hands, not yours. Dan Millman
  • This practice of moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness brings focus to whatever is happening in the moment, and it is only in the present moment that you can make changes. Bob Stahl
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… for what you are aware of, you can transcend

  • What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you. Anthony de Mello
  • We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. We are freed by conscious perception. Vernon Howard
  • The first step toward personal freedom is awareness. We need to be aware that we are not free in order to be free. We need to be aware of what the problem is in order to solve the problem. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • All that is required to become free of the ego is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible. Eckhart Tolle
  • It may be that we are puppets-puppets controlled by the strings of society. But at least we are puppets with perception, with awareness. And perhaps our awareness is the first step to our liberation. Stanley Milgram
  • Q: What are the fruits of self-awareness? M: You grow more intelligent. In awareness, you learn. In self-awareness, you learn about yourself.  Of course, you can only learn what you are not. To know what you are, you must go beyond the mind.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Being aware allows you to choose how to respond to events in life

  • … my life has been dedicated to my growth and evolution as a conscious being. … becoming more aware of all that was taking place within me and around me; how my inner world affected my outer world and vice versa. I realized that the more awareness I have, the more choice I have in how I create or respond to the circumstances of my life. Shakti Gawain

Concentration verse Awareness


Concentration is narrow and forced while awareness is wide and free flowing

  • Awareness is consciousness that allows attention to flow from form to form as they arise and subside within a wide attentive space. Concentration is consciousness fixed on a single form through a narrowing of attention.   Concentration requires effort and willpower.   Awareness is a letting go of effort and a surrendering of attention to the will of Consciousness.  Concentration exists within awareness and is watched by awareness.  Awareness knows when a state of concentration exists and when it does not without judging either state.  Graeme Myburgh
  • Concentration and mindfulness are distinctly different functions. They each have their role to play in meditation, and the relationship between them is definite and delicate. Concentration is often called one-pointedness of mind. It consists of forcing the mind to remain on one static point. Please note the word FORCE. Concentration is pretty much a forced type of activity. It can be developed by force, by sheer unremitting willpower. And once developed, it retains some of that forced flavor. Mindfulness, on the other hand, is a delicate function leading to refined sensibilities. These two are partners in the job of meditation. Mindfulness is the sensitive one. He notices things. Concentration provides the power. He keeps the attention pinned down to one item. Ideally, mindfulness is in this relationship. Mindfulness picks the objects of attention, and notices when the attention has gone astray. Concentration does the actual work of holding the attention steady on that chosen object. If either of these partners is weak, your meditation goes astray. Bhante Gunaratana
  • When we direct our attention to a single point of focus through concentration, we run the risk of becoming reductive in our thinking. In other words, by paying extremely close attention to one area, we can end up encouraging our mind to only let in information which we already deem to be relevant to that area.  Awareness acts more like a floodlight that reaches well into dark corners. By intending awareness, we signal our brain to let in a great deal of information simultaneously without regard for its perceived benefit. Sure, we get quite a bit of information that we may not find immediate value for, but along with that information, come gems of knowledge we would surely have missed otherwise. Awareness begets expansive thinking, and expansive thinking is the condition under which discovery and creativity thrive.  Pamela Vanderway
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On a lighter note

  • There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware. Doug Larson