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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about developing the skill of conscious awareness.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • When you increase your awareness of how things have changed over time, it’s not just about the object but the story of evolution, of how society and people have evolved.
  • Green paint was believed to calm the nerves and help relieve stress. In a lot of houses, kitchens were painted green.
  • Individual awareness is very interesting because it gives us so much more information to work with.
  • There are two styles of awareness:
  1. Awareness of being present – being fully in the moment and understanding what’s going on around you.
  2. Awareness of understanding the systems surrounding you – the ecology of what’s happening in the environment around you – example the ants that’s coming inside your house that’s part of ecology. It’s being aware of how the systems are working in order to make a better place for everybody.
  • We’re not aware of systems, we don’t understand their delicate nature and so we destroy them because we don’t understand how they work.
  • Being present is being aware.
  • We are at a place where we don’t need to have a sharpened awareness that some predator is going to attack us.
  • As you develop in levels of your own maturity and personal evolution, your awareness territory expands. Because we are in the place where we don’t constantly fear predators, were not qualified for the 2nd style of awareness .
  • Both styles are very important.
  • By increasing your sense of awareness (understanding what is really going on around you) and at the same time increasing the territory of your awareness to start seeing the systems, you understand how such complex processes are going around you.
  • One of the major epidemics most developed countries as facing is obesity. Awareness can be something that can impact the longevity of your health. It’s a skill we can learn.

Exercises we recommend in this podcast about developing Conscious Awareness:

  • Being present without judgement – Teach yourself to be fully present in the moment without judgment and see how long you can hold with that. Example – when you’re washing the dishes, just be with the water and sponge. Build the skill of noticing and do this 5-10 minutes a day.
  • Observe the things and situations that you consider as nuisance – When you observe something that your auto-responder tells you is simply a nuisance. Use examples of things that annoy you to trigger a bigger picture.
  • When inside a restaurant, take some time to identify and details of its surroundings. Close your eyes and try to remember the different details of the room and let somebody help you associate and remember those fine points.

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  • Paul
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    Thanks for the podcast I enjoyed it greatly.

    Bringing this back to Myers-Briggs, this seems to be a review of the sensor intuitive preferences. I’d be interested to hear further podcasts similarly reviewing the other preferences (E/I, T/F, J/P) and providing exercises for your non-preferred style.

    • Antonia Dodge
      Reply

      I didn’t really think about it at the time of the podcast, but you’re right! Both styles of awareness tap into our learning processes of Sensing and Intuition. Nice catch. 🙂

      We’ll keep in mind your request – thanks! Be looking out for (a) podcast(s) in the future on those topics.

      Cheers!

      -A-

  • Barbara Rosson
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    This is so packed full of actionable methods for building awareness – and the awareness of your kids! I love the one about closing their eyes and remembering what they notice around them.
    What effective training for raising all of our awareness of the wonders of life!

    • Joel Mark Witt
      Reply

      Thanks Barbara. We really appreciate the comment and that you are part of the Personality Hacker movement!

  • Mark Petrov
    Reply

    Loved the podcast on awareness! My genius style is harmony/ perspectives. I don’t know how it is for others but, for me when I’m at work, and I’m not interacting with anyone at the moment.. I often see myself going through all kinds of emotions. All because I start to remember something from the past, just for the time to pass by quickly at work. So at this moment I’m totally not aware, just daydreaming, maybe alert only at a certain percentage. Doing critical thinking, but tapped into my emotions as well. Now, if I’m not careful, I every now and then get sucked into a spiral of a negative passers experience/ memory. To where it drains me completely. And I’m left all depressed or hopeless in way. I’ve been practicing to be more aware of what I’m doing, and if a bad/ negative thought crosses my mind “quiet the chattering monkeys” is an expression I heard from an interview. Basically quiet all the noise in the background, little bitty thoughts that creep up on us. And happy to say, it has helped me, and continues to help of ME being aware of what thought to “tap” into, or to “okay” into my mind. Because if I don’t stop the thought in its tracks, before it plants it’s roots and grows, then it’s hard to get out of that spiral. Thank you for the exercise ideas on ideas, well definitely try them! Best, Mark

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