Bringing awareness

11 Apr 2016

Being the awareness behind our emotions, allows us to bring reasoning into our lives where we didn’t have reasoning and where we have reasoning, we can have change.

Bringing awareness not only allows us to recognise and understand how our emotions will affect us, but how our emotions will help us interact with other people and what impact our emotions will have on other people’s emotional state. To do this, we must be conscious of our emotions, something that can be challenging for a number of reasons.

  • We will always come to experience more than one emotion at a time depending on what’s going on for us;
  • Emotions will constantly change from time to time;
  • Over a period of time we may come to block out our emotions, particularly if they’re too painful;
  • The times that we need to become more aware of our emotions are when we’re under stress and therefore we are more likely to ignore them;
  • We spend a considerable amount of time living in denial about certain emotions, because we would rather not deal with them.

Although being in denial may seem a sign of weakness to others, because we’re not dealing with those emotions that is often short lived because feelings of denial will always manifest themselves in other ways if they’re not dealt with. We may stall to deal with ignored emotions, but we will always have to deal with them further down the line.

Being aware of our emotions is the first step to help us think about change, the first step to changing our emotions and the first step to change in ownership of how we deal with our emotions.

4 Responses to “Bringing awareness”

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  1. Tim 12. Apr, 2016 at 6:46 am #

    Awareness makes you wake up in the middle of the night and confronts your mind about things you thought you’d buried long ago. Maybe that’s why some people enjoy being dead, it’s safer, easier and it lessens the burden of being alive.

    But I have a strong desire for awareness until awareness makes me unhappy and before it becomes dangerous.

    • Ilana 12. Apr, 2016 at 6:56 am #

      Thanks Tim. Yes that’s absolutely true, I believe awareness is something we need because it’s showing us a better way to be.

      Without awareness how can we better ourselves, change our lives, make things better, change what needs to be changed; change other people’s lives? Without awareness, we can never be aware and need to be. Being aware are our lessons in life. We evolve through being aware. We cannot exist safely without it.

      Where awareness makes us unhappy, we must come to understand why and then work to change. When we make ourselves aware we will instinctively learn to see and understand the pitfalls and then will come to change our circumstances so they become less dangerous.

      We opt out of life when we struggle with life, seeing death as a better option. It’s a shame when that happens, because we get one chance at living.

      We should want to and endeavour to do our best… because we’re a long time dead. We sometimes give up too easily.

  2. Bonnie Johns 02. May, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    I agree wholeheartedly Ilana and great response. We get one life and when we do leave this world, I would like to leave it better.

    Better yet, be remembered as someone who didn’t give up, someone who fought for change, awareness and fought off the dark side of life. It’s so hard to fight off the dark, discouraging thoughts that creep in our minds but it is do-able.

    To focus on the love and to spread just like you do! To bring awareness and not be afraid to speak up about injustices that hit us personally or not. Does my response make any sense?

    • Ilana 02. May, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      Thanks Bonnie, yes your response does make complete sense and you’re right. Absolutely. The problem we have that where we aim to bring awareness, others do not and often don’t like the fact that we have.

      We’re not in a world where people are accepting of our differences. We tend to have to gauge whether it’s right to bring awareness or not. But if we can personally make a difference to people where we know us making a difference will be accepted then that is what we should do.

      I love your analogy. To be remembered for someone who didn’t give up, who not only fought for change and I would add for us both. To find and be accepted in a world that was not totally accepting.

      Thank you for such beautiful words. Even through what you deal with, you have a beautiful soul, bravely born and still wanting to make a difference for others.

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