I’m going to talk a bit about awareness and what it means to me. There are a lot of buzzwords in the spiritual community that people are always saying. They are living "high vibe", and telling everyone how they are in "alignment" and that helps them "manifest" their "intentions" and bring it all into "awareness." Those all do have a meaning, but the way they are thrown around without much explanation can make it all pretty confusing, if not something you just roll your eyes at. Words do have a powerful meaning when used correctly, but when they get diluted and are used with a hashtag, it really takes away from the purpose they were initially used.
Awareness - n. - knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.
Spiritual Awareness - n. - the process by which we begin to explore our own being in order to become whole and reunite our spirits with our physical bodies in a commonality of purpose.
See why it could be confusing to someone who isn’t guided to understand what awareness means?
I, personally, like to keep things very simple. I don’t need a diatribe of superfluous words to explain what enlightenment is.I am not a mystical unicorn or mermaid who needs to be told to shift my alignment into the vortex of receiving. I am, just like EVERYONE is, a spiritual being have a human experience. When I see perfectly curated post telling me how to live my life, while I'm cleaning up peanut butter off of my rug, it really comes off as condescending rather than helpful, but that’s just me.
I've spent a good portion of the past decade studying Integrative Holistic Healing and Vibrational Energy Healing. Woo! All that means is that I feel like I can throw my hat in the ring with some say on what all this spiritual talk means without feeling like I'm special. We all have gifts, talents, education, wisdom in different areas, I just spent mine in the metaphysical one.
So if you were to ask me what I think awareness is, I would tell you that, in my opinion, awareness is when you realize that you are not separate from the Universe.
Cool. You know what awareness means. Now what? How do you get to this awareness?
Well.....gonna change the subject for a second.
One of the things I am excited to share with you is that I was offered a teaching position this summer! I will be hosting a series of classes for those who are interested in starting a meditation practice. YAY!
I am not sure if you remember, but a little over a month ago I sent out an email outlining the new direction I wanted to take with Mind Body Mana. I spoke about how I wanted to get more into teaching, because that is where my true passion is, and The Universe listened. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity to share with others a practice that has made my life. Do you have a regular meditation practice? I ask because it’s one of the many ways that you can get to…..yep, awareness.
I remember the first time I tried to meditate. I lit some candles, sat there in lotus pose, and I closed my eyes. Nothing happened. I tried to breath in deep a few times thinking that would make SOMETHING happen. Nope.
I had a very clear idea in my mind of what this meditating thing was supposed to look like - and also what it wasn’t. What I discovered was that my own preconceived notions about what it was supposed to entail is what actually kept me from being able to experience the true benefits of meditation.
Realizing my own limited understanding of meditation, my Virgo mind was inspired to explore and discover all the different styles. I needed to know if there were other options besides just sitting in quiet for 30 min just breathing - spoiler, there is! I hope that this inspires you to look deeper into different meditation techniques and find what resonates with you, or always feel free to reach out to me so that I may help you figure out what type of spiritual practice would work best for you. It’s all different and personal, no two practices look alike, so it’s important that you find something that makes you want to show up every day and talk to God/The Universe/Spirit, because that it the important part, keeping that connection with our source, who we truly are.
So now that I have discussed with you what awareness means, and how easy it is to meditate, join me below for a guided meditation exercise on creating awareness.
Click the picture below to listen to an Awareness meditation exercise.