Awareness is the ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be cognisant of events. More broadly, it is the state of being conscious of something.
If we apply the above definition of awareness to our mind, we become conscious of our thoughts and applied to our body, we become conscious of our felt sensation. The invitation is to become aware of how our mind operates and how our body feels.
Moment to moment present time awareness offers the possibility of taking us out of the dominant and continual thought process of the mind and instead, encourages us to become witness to what is happening in the moment we are experiencing. How are we actually experiencing it, how is my body reacting, how is my mind reacting, what am i thinking and feeling right now in relation to what is happening?
Through this enquiry we begin to gain insight into how we operate and how we function in the world in relationship to ourselves, others and the situations that we find ourselves in.
As we become more aware we deepen into the possibility of greater freedom. If we know what drives us and we are conscious of it, we have empowered ourselves with the possibility of doing it differently.
If we are not driven by the unconscious then we are potentially free to choose how we move forward, react, or respond. We are no longer stuck or bound in impulse, on the contrary, we are now conscious of the infinite possibilities available to us.