My true relationship is with myself—all others are simply mirrors of it.
– Shakti Gawain
What is Self-Awareness
Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand how people perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.
With better self–awareness, we can improve our relationships, and reach our goals more effectively so that we can live the life we desire. Self-awareness leads to better self-assessment and finally to greater self confidence.
Self awareness is developed through practice in focusing your attention on the details of your personality and behavior in the moment. A mindfulness practice is the foundation for self-awareness.
A regular mindfulness practice is the foundation of self-awareness. Mindfulness is a tool for investigating the mind; a tool to discover more about ourselves and how we relate to the world. This includes any thoughts, feelings or bodily sensations you experience in the moment. As we observe our emotions and thoughts we develop a calm and clear mind. This clarity gives us space in which we can see our thoughts as an objective third party. We disentangle ourselves from our thoughts and emotions.
Mindfulness can be practiced formally or informally. Be curious. Be open. Take purposeful pauses throughout your day to appreciate, express gratitude and be kind.