3 Ways to Practice Awareness
The art of observation
Awareness is a practice not a skill to be mastered or behavior to be perfected. It’s simply the art of observation. Honesty without judgment.
Why are we talking about this? Well, at Teffola we believe in being bold and brave! For us that means questioning everything. Trying and failing forward. Setting lofty goals and managing our expectations. Our brand decisions are built on a foundation of awareness. And we want to pass this practice on to you, in hopes that it encourages you to be bold and brave!
Today, choose one meal to observe. Begin by giving gratitude to where it came from, how it was grown, harvested, and prepared before getting to your plate. Draw your focus to your senses. Smell the aroma of your meal. Witness the emotions, memories, or stories that come up. Take a bite and slowly begin to chew. Taste the flavors and feel the textures in your mouth. Honor the ways this food nourishes your mind, body and soul. As you swallow, follow the food into your body. Marvel at the systems at work inside of you. Pause for deep breath in between each bit.
Writing is a form of releasing. Moving your thoughts from your head to paper can make you see patterns that otherwise clutter your mind. Allow yourself to process frequent thoughts or fears by documenting them. Relive a memory and tap into your feelings before, during and after. Or keep it light and simply doddle or sketch while observing where your subconscious mind wanders.
Making time to move your body. Stretching, walking and exercise can be a way to check in with how you are treating yourself. While the body is a scientific marvel, many signs of wellness can only be observed by oneself. When you move you learn your boundaries; how far you can go or how much you can lift. Listen to what your mind is telling you in these moments. Ask yourself – what are you capable of doing today?