21-Day Meditation Experience, Making Every Moment Matter: Day 17 – Mastering Awareness Skills

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.” – Betty Smith

Day 17 – Mastering Awareness Skills

I develop my awareness skills every day.

Samyama Hum (My awareness is poised in the creativity of the present moment.)

This mantra activates the manifesting properties of your true self in meditation. Samyama is the awareness that integrates silent, focused, and fluid awareness into one’s state of consciousness, and that is your true self.

Message of the Day

Today’s meditation teaches us that when we return our awareness to the present moment, we use a type of skill – an awareness skill. This skill incorporates our attention span, ability to focus, and the capacity of awareness to go deep, all at the same time. This awareness technique is not a mental practice, rather it is the conscious relaxing or letting go of the resisting mind. When we have mastered these awareness skills, we are able maintain our awareness in the present moment even in the midst of everyday demands and pressures.

Journal Questions

1. To master your own awareness, the first skill is steady attention. Write down at least three ways that make it hard for you to be mentally steady, such as giving in to impulses, being easily bored, or living with too much noise or people around you all the time. For each thing, describe one way you can improve the situation.
2.  The second awareness skill is freedom from distraction. List the main distractions in your daily life that cause you to waste time, energy, and attention. Some examples could be scrolling through social media too long, idle gossip, complaining about work, or noisy kids underfoot. Now write one way to improve each situation.
3. The third awareness skill is depth of attention; in other words, how absorbed you are able to be. Write down some things that truly absorb you, such as meditation, running, being creative, reading, or spending time with children. Now jot down some ideas about how you can increase these things from day to day.
4. Reflect further on your experience today.

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