One of the most exciting moments in the work I do is when a client has a realization that makes them stop and take notice. When this happens, I can feel the wheels turning. Usually he/she responds with something such as, “Gee, I hadn’t thought about it that way…”
I’ve experienced this many times working with my coach and during animal communication readings I’ve received. One reading I received with my kitty, Hana (who passed away this past September — that’s her picture to the right), stands out for me. She wanted me to have more fun! Who doesn’t want that, right?
What was really cool is Hana shared a simple way she and I could have more fun together. I named it “playing mousey”. She would sit on her tower. Then, I tossed her favorite “mouse” to her and she could bat it back to me.
Before this awareness, I’d seen her sit in her tower many times, but I never considered engaging in play with her this way. After she opened my eyes to this possibility of fun, I’d see her in the tower, stop what I was doing, and play with her!
This may sound so simple. Yet it had a significant impact on me. I had fun breaks in my day, which helped me to return to my work in a better frame of mind. This playtime also created a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the bond between Hana and me.
Often when you become aware of something, this newfound awareness creates clarity and possibility. It opens you up to looking at things through fresh eyes and it can be a great antidote when you feel stuck.
The challenging part is when you’re frustrated and in need of clarity, you don’t know what you don’t know. When this happens, here are some ideas to uncover your awareness:
- Ask yourself, “What aren’t I aware of?”. Sit quietly for a short time and see what ideas bubble up for you.
- Talk with a trusted friend or coach about your situation. Pay attention to what comes up as you have this conversation. The other person’s comments or questions may spark a new awareness.
- Take out a piece of paper or a journal and let your thoughts free flow without restrictions to see what comes out. Once you’re done, review what you wrote to discover any new awareness.
- Venture outside and spend time in nature, allowing your thoughts to flow through you. When you return indoors, jot down all ideas you came up with. These may be related to your situation or completely random information. After you get your thoughts on paper, step away for a little while. When you return to this information, look at it with fresh eyes. You may see new ideas that you hadn’t thought of before.
One last suggestion as you move forward with exploring what you aren’t aware of – stay curious. Be open to something odd. Personally, I would never have imagined I would have found so much laughter and joy playing with Hana on her tower. Another outcome of this discovery is that I became open to other new ways I could bring little “snippets” of “Hana fun” into my life.
When you uncover your awareness, it can truly change everything. For example, discovering a new awareness can:
- help you get unstuck
- create clarity and/or
- point you in a unique direction.
The key is to be open and willing to be aware of all that is around you. You never know where the inspiration of awareness will come from!