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DEVELOPING AWARENESS

How many times have you finished a chore or arrived at work without remembering what you did or how you got there? If you’re like most of us, I’d guess pretty often. Most of us spend a good part of our day running on automatic pilot. We tend to complete task after task without much awareness.  

Take a moment to consider what you might be missing during your day as you walk through it unaware…  

What did you come up with?  

Bringing awareness to your daily life can help you manage stress and get more out of your daily experiences.

Take a few minutes to try the following exercise to focus on your current experience: 

  • Get in a comfortable position and close your eyes.

  • Don’t do anything: don’t answer your calls/texts, don’t respond to an email, and don’t write out your to-do list. Just sit and take notice of what is happening around and within you.

  • After a few minutes ask yourself:
                 - What were my thoughts? What am I thinking now?
                 - What were my feelings? What am I feeling now?
                 - What did I notice in my body? How is my body feeling now?

Try this exercise once, or even a few times a day, to bring more awareness to your daily experience. The more aware of your current experience you are, the better able you will be to take care of yourself. 

- Kara Meyer, Ph.D.


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