How Does Awareness Help?

Awareness -- opening to the full reality of our lives -- is a naturally healing and fulfilling act. Because of fear, old hurts, and busy lives in a complex world, we often hold back from awareness. This habit seems to protect us, but it actually restricts us and leads us into difficulties.

When we bring nonjudgmental awareness to ourselves and our situation, two things happen:

* Simple awareness itself is an energetic force that taps into our organism's innate tendency towards balance and health.

* Awareness of the whole truth empowers us to take action that is helpful and fulfilling.

Healing and growth take place in any moment when we open to awareness. Healing and growth are also longterm life processes that deepen over time as the habit of shutting down is replaced by the habit of awareness.

Growing in awareness, we also grow in our commitment to the wellbeing of ourselves and others. In work and play, family and relationships, solitude and community, we find a natural authority and sense of responsibility along with simplicity, relaxation, and enjoyment.

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PSYCHOTHERAPY, MEDITATION, AND SOMATICS CAN ALL BE USED AS TOOLS TO DEVELOP AWARENESS.
Working skillfully with our ability to pay attention and letting go of the many obstacles in mind and body, we rely more and more on the natural wisdom of our deepest self.