So how do you develop awareness? There are many ways! Weave the following exercises into your day to help you achieve awareness. Each exercise can expand into all areas of your life. Think of it as working a garden. You may only till the surface on the first day, but as you tend the garden daily over time--planting seeds, watering, and weeding--eventually it will flourish.
A ringing phone can be your wake-up call
When the phone rings, let it be a signal to wake up. Be aware of yourself walking toward the phone and lifting the receiver. Notice any anxiety or expectation. Be alert to the tone of your voice as you say "hello." Don't expect anything in the phone call to fulfill you. Let the expe¬rience remain pure. Remember that awareness is always strong, poised and intelligent. Awareness knows what to say and how to act.
Enjoy "fine" dining
The exercise of conscious dining sounds simple, but there is far more to this than appears on the surface. Don't let your mind be carried away by daydreams that want to use breakfast, lunch, or dinner as a time to escape. Stay awake during your entire dining experience. Be aware as you lift your fork from the table. Taste the food. Use this experience as an opportunity to discover your rich and purpose-filled life.