Initially, we try consciously as a practice, to become more aware of what is occurring within us during daily life. We may practice being aware of our breathing during daily life. We may practice being aware of our bodily movements and sensations during daily life. We may practice being aware of our thoughts, emotions and mental states during daily life. We may practice being aware of our feelings associated with certain aspects of our experience during daily life. We may cultivate being aware of ourselves during daily life, or we may spontaneously and naturally just be aware. We may practice being aware of the awareness or just be aware. Practice may lead to natural and intuitive awareness, witnessing or seeing things as they are in the present moment. Or you may just be aware, without the need for conscious practice which requires some degree of effort.
Practice or no practice, it depends on the individual. Some people may require practice as the effort to remain balanced and aware, burns away unconscious habits by bringing them into your awareness. Some people may just naturally be aware, as there are less unconscious tendencies which cover up the innate intuitive awareness. Practice eventually leads to this natural and intuitive state of just being. Abiding as we are. Aware of experiences arising, staying for some time and passing, within Awareness itself. Just being. Just awareness.
The practice of being aware in daily life is just a natural observation of whatever is occurring. Just being, you are aware of whatever arises, stays for some time and then passes. This could be a bodily sensations, feelings, thoughts, and mental states. You see them as they are, objectively. Even aware if some aspects of you are reacting to certain experiences.
You are just awareness.
Your attention resting in awareness itself,
awareness aware in this body-mind.
METHODS TO PRACTICE AWARENSS IN DAILY LIFE
The benefits of using natural breathing as an object for meditation, is that it can be practiced at any time, and in any situation. We can be aware of our natural breathing when we are walking. We can be aware of our natural breathing when we are lying down. We can be aware of our natural breathing when we are doing some action. We can be aware of our natural breathing when we are experiencing unwholesome states of mind, such as anger, jealousy, greed, fear etc. We can be aware of our natural breathing when we are experiencing wholesome states of mind, such as joy, peace, love, compassion etc. We can be aware of our breathing in any situation, at any time. Being aware of breath, we become aware of thoughts, and feelings.
This leads us to recognising the innate awareness which is naturally and effortlessly present in each and every moment. In this pure awareness, all experience comes and goes, but it itself remains naturally present.
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