Cultivating Self Awareness: Seeing past personal biases and generating new perspectives

At the core of self-awareness is a deep understanding that we can change who we are and that knowledge can lead to fixing certain imperfections. In deepening our understanding of how we operate in the world around us, we can become enlightened to our true emotional capacity and unique nature.

It is indeed a great challenge to look at ourselves through an objective eye, but criticizing our own thought processes and behaviors can help us achieve our greatest goals. Self-improvement is the end result of pushing ourselves to struggle and grapple with defining who we are and what we want. It just takes a little bit of time and energy to begin the long, yet rewarding act of introspection.

Typically, journaling and constructing self-reviews are seen as outlets to harness self-awareness, but there are several less pronounced ways to engage in enlightenment. The act of laughter and humor can aid in feeling more grounded in our bodies and attentive to habits, feelings, and behaviors. This conscious intelligence leaves us inclined to be more compassionate both to others, and to ourselves.

One website that exists as a source for enlightenment studies and techniques is called Pathway to Happiness (pathwaytohappiness.com). It explains that the biggest issue with self-awareness is that we typically associate the use of words with explanations. It is only when we provide meaning and a context that we get the true understanding of what the words mean.

For instance, words such as “humor” and “laughter” create great discord with a universal definition. How can we “know” what humor is?

When we perceive something as funny, the usual judgmental dialogue in our brain becomes quiet.  We are not being rational or analytical like we are with most situations and experiences. Humor is truly a matter of perspective, in that we can allow ourselves to silently agree to focus our attention on something quite absurd.

If you were to look at the people in your life who laugh the most often, you would likely gain great insight into their general disposition to the world. The more one can interpret reality, as simply a projection of what one wants to see, the easier it becomes to invite humor into daily thoughts.

Besides making us feel good and leaving us energized, drawing attention to what makes us laugh promotes a heightened sense of mindfulness to our opinions and beliefs. Focusing on the joyful nature of laughter welcomes a more unbounded way of viewing the world. Free thinking leaves us better able to understand the complex nature of human life and our own personal responsibility.

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