Turning your attention inwards, better the devil you know than the devil you don't?

Updated: May 23, 2020

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

-T.S. Eliot

(Photography by Je Suis Val)

Our behaviour is a product of conditioning, through experience we become patterns of thoughts and behaviours. Some of these serve us and some do not. We have the capacity to notice our conditioned patterns, through awareness. It's then that we have the power to choose new ways to respond.

The key here is awareness and to be aware we need to let go of things that numb us by taking our attention outwards and elsewhere- electronic influences, alcohol, consumerism, burying oneself in work... whatever it may be.

To sit with oneself, really sit and just be with yourself in quiet acceptance of your thoughts and feelings, is how we practice being aware. As you practice it is likely that your mind will tell you all sorts of stories- "this is boring, I need to go do something else, this isn't working". This is when you know you're moving towards change, you've started to notice your internal dialogue. Maybe you stay here and keep noticing- noticing your stories, your thought patterns, and aspects of you. You may notice shadow aspects of yourself, you may notice aspects that are light. It's all good, these are simply thoughts and feelings that are passing through you, never permanent.