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  • Writer's pictureJanice Hughes

Keeping Stillness Within (part 1): Awareness

Updated: Jul 17, 2023


In the midst of life's chaos, finding inner stillness becomes increasingly important to your overall well-being. Fortunately, you can tap into the powerful practice of: Awareness.

By cultivating a deep sense of presence and conscious observation, you can navigate the ebb and flow of life with greater clarity and serenity. In this blog post, we will explore the profound impact that awareness has on your inner state and how it can help you maintain a sense of stillness.

By developing a deeper understanding of the nature of awareness, its benefits and some practical ways to incorporate it into your everyday life, you can tap into its transformative power. Let's look at some specific areas where awareness can help promote stillness.

Recognising Your Thoughts and Emotions: Awareness is a very effective tool in recognising and understanding the thoughts and emotions that arise within you. Instead of being swept away by them, you can observe them from a place of detachment. This observation will allow you to have greater clarity and insight into your inner nature.

As you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, you can navigate them with greater understanding and ultimately enjoy an ever-increasing sense of inner stillness.

Creating Space for Your Conscious Response: Awareness allows you to create a space between yourself and your thoughts or emotions. With space, you have the opportunity to respond consciously, rather than react impulsively. When you take a moment to pause and choose your response, you are able to maintain a sense of stillness even in the face of challenges or triggers.

Breaking Free from Automatic Patterns: This is an extension of creating space as mentioned above. We can often find ourselves caught in automatic patterns of thinking and reacting. Without even realising, these habitual thoughts and ways of behaving can disturb our stillness and we become carried away by the thoughts and emotions. Automatic patterns are initially outside conscious awareness, but as you develop your awareness, you become attuned to these automatic patterns. This enables you to break free from the automatic reactions so that you can make conscious choices and create space for stillness.

Cultivating Non-Judgmental Observation: Awareness helps you observe your thoughts and emotions without judgment. This allows you to witness them as they arise, without labelling them as good or bad. Cultivating non-judgmental observation helps you let go of inner resistance and accept things as they are. The ability to accept what is, helps maintain an environment of inner stillness, because you no longer struggle against the present moment. Instead, you learn to embrace it with open arms and a compassionate heart.

Anchoring Yourself in the Present Moment: Awareness is closely intertwined with being fully present in the current moment. When you cultivate awareness, you bring your attention to the present rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. With a little practice you can fully immerse yourself in the present moment. One moment at a time, you will free yourself from that worry and find that you can experience the freedom of a deep sense of stillness. The present moment becomes a refuge from the constant fluctuations of thoughts and emotions, offering a sanctuary of peace within.

Dissolving Identification: Often, we become identified with our thoughts and emotions, and believe that they define who we are. Awareness helps you to realise that you are not your thoughts or emotions - you are the one who observes them. Once you understand this, identification begins to loosen its grip and you can experience a deeper sense of inner peace and stillness. You no longer get caught up in the chatter and stories created by the mind. Instead, you rest in the spaciousness of that awareness and begin to rise above the limitations of the ego.

Developing Self-Knowledge: Through awareness, you gain insight into your own inner workings. You become more familiar with your beliefs, values, strengths, limitations, and triggers. Self-knowledge empowers you to make choices that are in alignment with your true self, which builds a greater sense of inner harmony and stillness. By understanding yourself on a deeper level, you can navigate life with authenticity and integrity, ensuring that your actions are in alignment with your inner values.

Incorporating Awareness into Your Daily Life: Here are some practical suggestions for cultivating awareness in your daily life:


1. Mindfulness: Engage in mindfulness practices such as meditation, body scans, or mindful eating. These practices enhance your ability to observe your thoughts and emotions with non-judgmental awareness.


2. Moment to Moment Presence: Throughout the day, bring your attention to the present moment. Notice the sensations in your body, the sounds around you, and the thoughts passing through your mind. By anchoring yourself in the present, you can access a deeper sense of stillness.


3. Self Reflection: Set aside time for self-reflection, journaling, or introspection. Explore your thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behaviour. By observing yourself with curiosity and compassion, you deepen your self-awareness and cultivate inner stillness.


4. Practice Gratitude: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by acknowledging and appreciating the present moment and the blessings in your life. This practice helps shift your focus from scarcity to abundance, promoting a sense of inner contentment and stillness.


5. Mindful Communication: Practice mindful communication by listening deeply to others and speaking consciously. Pay attention to your words, tone, and intentions. By communicating with awareness and compassion, you can develop deep harmony and stillness in your relationships.


Awareness is a transformative practice that leads to profound inner stillness.


Cultivating awareness, helps you to recognise and understand your thoughts and emotions. It creates space for conscious responses and helps you to break free from automatic patterns. It helps you to develop your non-judgmental observation, so it becomes easier to anchor yourself in the present moment, dissolve identification with thoughts and emotions, and develop a deep understanding of your inner self. Through mindfulness, self-reflection, gratitude, and mindful communication, you can incorporate awareness into your daily life and develop an increasing sense of inner harmony and tranquillity.

I hope you find something helpful to assist you in keeping stillness inside you. I encourage you to embrace the transformative power of awareness and that you experience for yourself, the profound impact it can have. It is through your own dedication and practice that you will discover the boundless peace that resides within you.

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