“Awareness is the ability to observe how you create something
…as you do it…
Seeing the consequences as they happen.”
From the Book-The New Science of Super-Awareness by Bill Harris
One of our biggest challenges today is maintaining healthy habits. Many of us know what we should be doing. But just knowing what we are doing and what we want to change is not enough. Developing strong health habits begins with awareness.
Awareness is the foundation from which change happens. According to Bill Harris, “awareness creates choice.” With awareness, we see options we weren’t aware of because we understand the impulses or thoughts that generate certain behaviors.
CONNECT™ is a holistic philosophy created to build a solid foundation of awareness. Many of the choices we make are made unconsciously. Our habits are on auto pilot. CONNECT™ bridges the gap between unconscious choices, to conscious choice.
In the area of brain science, “awareness is created in the brain, in the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the seat of executive control or self-regulation, the part of the brain responsible for planning, self-control and will power, complex cognitive behaviors, decision making and social behavior.” (The New Science of Super Awareness by Bill Harris)
The CONNECT™ process raises your awareness of the tendency to make impulsive decisions and choices. It raises awareness about the value you assign to the choices you make; the benefits, advantages, and consequences you recognize about these choices; how you behave in relation to how you feel. This new awareness will lead you to a sense of control that you feel both physically and emotionally over a situation, while acquiring strategies to help you make conscious choices to reach your goals.
Judy Rienzi is the owner of Health Promotion Associates and the author of the CONNECT Health Management System.
“Through the ancient teachings of yoga, we know that our thoughts lead to actions; our actions become habits; our habits form our character; and our character determines our destiny. Daily ritual is the act of taking positive thoughts and putting them into action.”
Our hectic lifestyles often leave us stuck in a cycle of stress and overwhelm. We perform daily tasks mindlessly as we let life just happen around us. It becomes difficult to make any life changes because we are physically and emotionally disconnected from our true self. As a result, we can no longer tap into our innate ability for personal growth and healing.
Rituals are a vibrational expression that activate our inner power. We create them in order to shift our energy towards a greater connectedness to ourselves. They are a set of specific actions performed daily that have strong personal meaning for us.
What separates rituals from habits is intention. We become consciously aware of each action we take and what meaning it has for us. Habits are usually performed unconsciously but are just as important because they provide safety and structure to our everyday lives. Rituals raise our mind/body awareness that brings us into a holistic state of being.
Rituals can be performed any time of the day, but much attention has been given to creating a morning ritual. Morning rituals help wake up our mind and body so we can greet the day with a positive mindset. They allow us to set our intention for the day before we become distracted with the tasks of daily living. They improve productivity by increasing our focus on what is important, what our goals are, and how to achieve them. They can reduce stress about the upcoming day, improve clarity, and promote creativity.
Morning rituals can be anything you want them to be, as long they have meaning to you. Engaging all the senses in your ritual will create a connection between the mind and body; what does it look like, feel like, smell like, taste like, and sound like.
You can start out with five or ten minutes if that is all the time you have. Meditating, journaling, writing affirmations, stretching, deep breathing, and walking outside in nature are a few examples to get you started, but you don’t have to do them all at once.
Creating your own daily ritual is the best way to live a more purposeful life and release your inner power.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts regarding daily rituals.