Like everything else in life, life itself is difficult when we don’t know how it works. Imagine trying to repair a computer without even knowing what the basic components are, or winning a game of chess without knowing the rules or even how the pieces move. Yet we go through life like this. It’s no wonder that life can be so frustratingly stressful, and filled with more questions than answers. But what if it didn’t have to be so difficult, what if we had the answers? Applied Awareness exists to provide the answers.
We human beings aren’t that complicated. All we really want is to be happy. But how much control do we have over our our own happiness? Well, the only things we can control in this life are the choices we make. And although it can seem like we make a lot of different choices, we really only ever have two choices we can make.
- How we choose to interpret a situation, and then
- How we choose to react to our own interpretation.
We constantly make these same two choices over and over again, which is what we usually call thinking. Being happier doesn’t require making an endless number of great choices, only becoming more skilled with the two we make over and over again.
We make these two choice using:
- Memories. We draw upon what we’ve learned though our past experiences in order relate to others and the world we live in. In the form of muscle memory, we can remember how to do things like run without thinking about every single muscle movement, or think relying only on our habitual mental patterns.
- Emotions. Our mood, or how we feel emotionally, plays a key roll in our interpretations and reactions. Under the exact same circumstances we may take exception to something, or be perfectly fine with it, depending on our emotional state at any given moment.
- Our ability to Speculate. Using place holders for missing information. Some other words we use to describe this are our personal judgments, beliefs, guesswork, assumptions, etc., all of which we use in place of missing or unknown facts.
All of our human interactions, are made possible by these two simple choices using these same three basic mental assets. So the key to a better, more aware, life is getting out of our habitual auto-pilot mode of thinking, and learning to take control of the choices we make.
Meditation works by distracting our thought patterns to sidetrack or suspend our habitual auto-pilot mental activity. This is why meditation, when done right, is such a fantastic tool. It naturally provides exactly what we need to be able to consciously take control of the choices we make.
The first Applied Awareness meditations everyone learns are deep relaxation meditations. These help build concentration, provide a great overview of how our minds work, and are an excellent way to relieve stress.
As we become more experienced, we begin using meditation to becoming more familiar with our awareness and intent, and with using them to gain more control of the choices we make.
Unlike our three mental assets, awareness and intent aren’t part of our thought process, so we can use them to pay attention to it. The two basic life traits of awareness and intent are present throughout everything we do, and exists within all forms of life. Awareness allows us to pay attention to what our mind is doing even when we’re caught up in our thoughts, and is sometimes called intuition. Intent refers to action itself, not planning. A very simple meditation to demonstrate this is to hold up one finger, plan to move it, and then move it. Intent is what’s behind the actual movement. Intent is behind everything we do, without it we would be incapable of doing anything. From a purely meditative perspective, if there is anything which we could point to as being our soul, it would be this combination of awareness and intent.
Meet Todd Robinson – Founder, Applied Awareness™
Todd Robinson is a meditation master with more than 30 years of experience. He has studied how the mind behaves during meditation for nearly 25 years and infuses this knowledge into the accelerated meditation techniques he teaches.
“… I had never imagined being able to help new mediators learn more in an hour or two than people who have meditated their entire life.”
– Todd Robinson