“Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevails evil arising in either” – Bodhidharma. This, in my opinion, might make him the expert on the subject.  The Buddha teaches that 90% of any change we wish to make in our lives is made by simply becoming aware. How do we get aware?Cultivating mindful awareness is a practice and that takes a commitment and practice of quieting the mind and body.

Awareness is the key to the life, and to liberation. When awareness is saturated with thought, tempered with responsibility, polished by practice and skill, it leads to balance, equanimity, and inner stability. When we are aware of the consequences of our actions, and their influence upon our lives and our future, we become aware of the forces that interfere with our lives and what determines its course. To be aware of the underlying reality of our existence, and our personality, is the ideal or goal towards which we wish to move eventually.

Here are several different ways, we can bring our minds to rest and take it into a heightened state of awareness and stability:

  1. Practice detachment – Pratyahara, the classic withdrawal of the senses into your mind and your mind into your intuition or buddhi
  2. Becoming a good observer of life and yourself, let your senses do their work and pay close attention to how you act and react.
  3. Pay attention to your breath, it fuels all you do and the quality in which you do it.
  4. Silence – get quiet and see what happens
  5. Leave your ego at the door, leave all of the preconceived notions and expectations of the ego behind and find some freedom to enjoy the moment.
  6. Keep a beginner’s mind, see things as if you are seeing them for the first time, take it in.
  7. Be here now and focus on this moment and this moment alone, it’s a gift!