Honing in on Awareness...

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Edition 104 - June 28, 2020


Consciousness, the state of being awake or aware of one’s surroundings, is quite incredible if you think about it. At what point does the primal or instinctive natures of living beings reach the singularity of becoming conscious. If one is conscious, does that also mean that one is self-aware? Research shows that babies start to become conscious as soon as 5 months old. However, that does not mean that they are aware of it. Studies show that they start to become self-aware at around 18 months. According to scientists, the difference between being conscious and being self-aware is the recognition of consciousness. Self-awareness is recognizing one’s consciousness while consciousness is the awareness of themselves and their surroundings.

It’s mind boggling to think that all living organisms at one point came from atoms that formed elements such as carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen. Then hundreds of millions of years past by until the perfect conditions came about that allowed life to appear and eventually consciousness.

It’s an incredible power that we have to first be conscious, but second to be self-aware of it. This ability is certainly one to be grateful for as it has been shown to allow humans to see things from the perspective of others, practice self-control, work creatively and productively with one another, experience joy and pride in the work we do and other incredible experiences that one can only imagine. I feel like the more or less a person harnesses this ability can make a big difference in the quality of one’s life.

According to the World Economic Forum, the number one trait of people who had decades of lasting success in business (e.gRichard Branson) was self-awareness. They studied many people who survived recessions and many ups and downs.

Self-awareness or having the ability to stop and observes oneself is powerful. That is why it is important to do it more often. In doing so, we are able to discover our own faults and can choose what we can focus on next to become better. The piece between stimulus and response is self-awareness. If emotion is an indicator of focus, and if focus is access to all thinking such as perception, memory, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making; self-awareness is the piece that can direct our focus and emotions. The more self-aware we are, the more we have control over what we want to focus on. Eventually this focus can affect the emotions we feel, the decisions we make and the future we want to create. Any area of life where one is getting a negative unintended result is an indicator of an area in life where one is not self-aware. Practicing self-awareness can allow people to choose what to focus on, choose what it meant to them, and choose what to do about it. Ultimately these choices will affect the decisions we make and the path we will end up going towards.  

-Mike Ye