Awareness is more than knowing your friends’ Facebook status. Being aware — that is, being in a state of awareness — is a life-changer. By tapping into the power of awareness, you can find fulfillment in many areas of your life.

Better Control: Drive your own destiny. Make your own map. A wise man once said that mastering life is having the proper awareness. If you are not aware of the negative thoughts in your mind, you are at their mercy. You have a better chance at canceling out those thoughts by meditating regularly and becoming more mindful of what crosses your mind on a daily basis. According to the Law of Attraction, if you cancel out the negative and replace it with positive, good things will find you.

Less Stress: This month, in Shambhala Sun magazine, Dr. Daniel Siegel explains the correlation of mindfulness and stress-reduction. He says with repeated practice, mindful activities like yoga, tai chi, qigong, centering prayer, chanting, and meditation are actually changing brain function and structure. He cites studies in which these activities reduce anxiety, binge eating, office stress, and depression. This is a scientific testament to the power of awareness.

Quality Relationships: I think you’ll find that being more aware of your surroundings increases your ability to interact with others. You will become a better listener and find your responses to the important people in your life are more intuitive.

Happiness: You will find that true awareness, when inserted in your daily life is extremely gratifying. Since man started on this rock we call earth, the quest for knowledge has been our ultimate goal. At some point everyone asks themselves, “what is this all about?” You’ll only start down the path to that answer by becoming aware, and you’ll like the answers you find.

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is Man. — Alexander Pope

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