Increasing awareness and choiceSo in part 1 I considered the relationships between feelings, thinking, awareness and choice.
I know when I’ve read such blogs, I’ve thought “OK, so how can I increase my awareness and choice?” And I’m hugely tempted to give you a suggestion on how to do it, even though I know that's not the way to go!
Now you may be asking that question. However, is it because you consider that you ‘should’ or ‘must’ increase your awareness and, therefore, choice? If so, it is likely your ‘interest’ in increasing your awareness is coming from somewhere other...
Thinking and awareness
Some time ago my cat was ill and I was waiting for the results of a blood test. Over the next day his health deteriorated further and then during the night he went out and did not return – a very unusual occurrence. I was extremely worried due to his ill-health and I had heard that cats sometimes go away to die. Well two days later I thought he must be dead.
After tears I reflected on what had happened and realised that I had chosen to give him freedom and this led to these consequences.
I was preparing runner beansfor cooking and my husband suggested that I use the peeler rather than the knife for the first stage in the preparation process. Now my immediate reaction was to say ‘no thanks, I'm fine’ and then I started to think about his suggestion! Now some people might recognise this response either in themselves or other people!
What I did then was think about why my immediate reaction was to say ‘no, thanks’?
- Was it because I don’t like change, even to this small degree? This didn’t fit in with my usual response to change, which is...