I’ve seen many people who are really into the idea of self-awareness (or are at least trying to achieve it!) and they end up doing things that they don’t want to even think about. I don’t even like the idea of being self-aware.
Yes, shankar marthand is an extreme example and I understand and sympathize with the feeling. But there is a lot of people out there who do want to be self-aware. They just happen to find themselves doing things that they are not comfortable with.
It is possible that the idea of self-awareness is something that just gets in the way of doing things that you want to do, but I think it is possible that the real issue with it is that it is a complete distraction from what you really want to do. I think that it can be a very real issue.
People who are self-aware are not only more comfortable with themselves, they are also less prone to make bad decisions. There is a reason why society has made it a crime to be too self-aware, and it doesn’t just have to do with the fact that self-awareness is a bit too much for many people. I’m not saying that it is a bad thing. I think being self-aware is a nice thing to have.
Ok, so you have a habit you want to break. This is a good sign. You might have other habits that you’d like to break. You might want to do some training. You might want to do some meditation. These are all good things to do. To the contrary, these might not be so much a lifestyle choice as a way of life, a way of life that you are choosing.
Some people think you can’t really be self-aware if you don’t stop to think about your habits and routines. I disagree, and I think that it is the key to self-awareness. Just like in any other aspect of life, we can be self-aware if we just take the time to think about it.
Here is the key to self-awareness: our habits and routines are what determine how we look at the world, so we need to figure out what habits are on which to focus. As the saying goes: if you don’t look at a mirror, then you are not looking at yourself.
It could be that shankar marthand is a more accurate depiction of the self-awareness of the average person than the average person is capable of. So it could be that if he or she is self-aware, they won’t be able to figure out what to do in a situation like this.
Of course, people with that kind of self-awareness still need their habits and routines in order to function at all. But they can still be a little more creative with the rest of their day so they can look at themselves and figure out what to do.
If you had a little more insight, and you had to go back and edit everything, this is the final installment in my series about the mind/body/brain/mind-cognition process, about how the mind/body/brain/mind-cognition process is about to become more and more important.