For most of the modern world the word awareness can be applied to various things such as: Being conscious or knowledgeable, for example. This understanding of awareness, however, remains somewhat superficial. There is more depth to it, than what meets the eye.
Awareness is in essence, a practice. One that begins with being fully present in the moment – whatever the moment is. It is a state of being, by which, we give full attention to everything that is surrounding us and happening around us. It also requires the willingness to stand in the midst of whatever is arising.
It’s quite natural to be present, or rather, it’s simpler to be fully present, when what we’re present to, is pleasant. However, it takes a particular kind of practice to remain fully aware and present in moments that challenge us, or are difficult.
For example: Let’s imagine there’s a big fight between you and your partner. Being present in that moment and aware of ‘the fight’ or rather, what’s really occurring, as is, for what it is, without drifting into the past, comparing it to similar situations that occurred before or sliding into the future and thinking you can’t take it anymore – requires a deep sense of awareness.
One that would possibly end the conflict then and there if both are present and aware. As soon as we let ourselves get carried away into the fiction of the argument, the story if you will – we’ve come out of awareness. In this specific example, it’s a challenging situation, because both people need to be aware simultaneously of what’s happening outside of them and the reactions of the mind (inside), while navigating the dynamic with the other person. It’s not an easy process, especially when our attack/defense mechanisms take the lead.
Awareness is a willingness to experience what is taking place now, observing every aspect of it and seeing it as new, in that moment, even if the mind thinks it’s seen it a hundred times or heard it all, before.
It’s literally waking up every morning and seeing your partner with new eyes,