Sunday, January 2, 2011

AWARENESS

Cultivate greater awareness. Wake up enough to know that things are not as simple as they seem. Develop a deeper understanding of your own patterns and issues. Become aware of your standard operating procedures, of the predictable ways you hide your feelings and relive old hurts again and again. Could your frustration with your daughter be related to your dissatisfaction at work? Duh! Is all the angst and crying really about who does the dishes---or are you feeling undervalued and unappreciated? Duh! Are you blaming your teenager for breaking his curfew because your boundaries are the ones that need setting? Double duh! Awareness is the first step to greater self-knowledge. Once you are more conscious of the larger picture, you can focus on making changes. Awareness takes you right up to insight. Then your "duh!" becomes your "aha!"

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