A is for Awareness and Other Awesome Words
A is for Awareness because that’s the key to it all. Only by being aware of where we are, in this present moment, being Mindful, can we focus on what reality actually is and then what the full range of our options are. Skilful action starts with fully immersed awareness.
Coincidentally there are six other words starting with “A” that can guide us in working through a challenge. Let’s call them the Seven Skillful Samurai:
Allow – Some time and space to turn down the mental chatter and try to listen internally
Awareness – What is really happening here?
Acknowledge – Define what is happening as valid and important
Accept – It’s like this here right now. I may not like it, but I will deal with it.
Abide – Sit quietly with the issue in as neutral a frame of mind as possible
Agree – Be welcoming of possible approaches and solutions
Action – Choose a skilful path and begin moving
Topic: Mindful awareness