Self-awareness is having a conscious knowing of who you truly are, including strengths, weaknesses, desires, beliefs and core values. Becoming more self aware allows you to understand why you feel what you feel and why you behave in a particular way. Also helps you to understand how other people may perceive you, based on your responses to them. Below are four of the best ways that have helped me become more self aware.
1. Take a counselling skills course
I studied counselling and psychotherapy for two years. It has enabled me to see aspects of my thought process and behaviour that I may not have noticed before. Which has allowed me to change my thought process before an emotional reaction or negative behaviour occurs. Counselling has enabled me to distinguish from our own thoughts and feelings about my experience. Taking ownership of your emotional experiences and possible emotional triggers, we are less likely to confuse them with the experiences of other people.
2. Write a journal
I journal and write about my thoughts, feelings and experiences when I look back on what I have written I see aspects of myself that I did not notice before.
3. Start Meditating
To further my self-awareness, I practised and studied an ancient yogic meditation, called Dhyana Yoga for over 7 years. The meditation practise has helped me to still my mind and reach a state of self-realization.
4. Develop your intuition
Once your mind is calm and balance through meditation, your awareness will increase and your intuition will improve, your six senses, which include seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling/touching, tasting and knowing will become stronger and more frequent. You can use your intuition to guide you in all of your decisions in life regarding career, money and relationships. The more you use and trust your intuition, the stronger it will get and the more confident you will feel about it.