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What better way to become more self-aware than to sit with your own thoughts? Mindfulness meditation involves being intentionally present with your inner and outer self, causing you to be in touch with what’s going on within and around you.
If you’re a beginner, it may be helpful to use guided meditations, which involve someone narrating a script that fosters mindfulness. There would likely be very calming music or sounds that play in the background of the narrator, fostering your being present and focused on your own self-awareness.
Here is an example of a short mindfulness meditation script:
Find yourself in a comfortable position, whether that is sitting in a chair or on the ground, with your eyes open or closed.
Fixate yourself in the present moment.
Become aware of what is going on in your mind in this very moment. Allow your thoughts to come and go, just as the wind blows freely. Do not fight with your thoughts. Allow them to be, as they are.
Now turn your attention to your breathing. Inhale….. Exhale….
Feel the air come through your nose as you exhale, and then feel the air leave your lips as you exhale.
Notice any deeper thoughts or feelings that may surface.
Acknowledge that you are not your thoughts and feelings. You are so much more than them.
Slowly bring your attention back to an awake state. Use a notepad to jot down a couple of sentences about your experience.
When you become self-aware through meditation, you may begin to recognize the ways in which the way your thoughts impact your life. For example, while doing a mindful meditation, you may find that you have this frequent thought: “You’re not doing this right; you never do anything right”. These thoughts may stem from your childhood, deeply-rooted insecurities or doubts you have about yourself, or they may symbolize messages you’ve received from others that you’ve internalized. Whatever those thoughts may be, it can be helpful to explore them through journaling or even therapy, so that you are able to work through them in an effective way.
4 Ways to Use Mindfulness Meditation to Become More Self-Aware
- Practice mindfulness meditation at the very beginning or very end of your day.
- Download and use apps such as Headspace, Relax Melodies, or even YouTube videos that offer guided meditations for you to follow.
- Engage in mindful eating, mindful walking, or be intentionally present while completing tasks such as showering, washing the dishes or cooking.
- Journal about your meditation experiences. What were they like for you? What did you like about them? What didn’t you like about them? Which feels the most comfortable? The least? What were some of the thoughts you had trouble “shutting off”?
I’d love to hear how mindfulness meditation works for you, or even how you’re doing in your self-awareness journey. Comment below!