Change the Way You See Your World
The first step on the journey of awareness is to come out of being lost in thought and see things from a different perspective.
Here's something I wish I had learned decades ago: our entire human experience is created by our thoughts. Not only that, but our feelings actually come from our thoughts. Therefore, whatever it is that you're feeling - whether you're happy or sad, worried or calm - all these experiences are actually coming from the thoughts in your head.
This is where all the power is - not from anything out there. It's not from your bank account, your spouse, your work situation or your friend. It's not from what happened last week or 10 years ago or what's going to happen in the future. None of that actually has any power over you at all. The power comes from the thoughts that you're thinking about. We have a super power called thought and we don't even know it.
The Snow Globe Analogy
Imagine for a moment that your brain is like a snow globe and the pieces of glitter inside it are the hundreds and thousands of thoughts that you have every day. Some are pleasant and some are not so pleasant, but they're pretty much always there.
Sometimes they calm down and when they do this you experience a peace and clarity of mind. This is the state in which you can enjoy wisdom and profound well-being. Soon, however, the brain is at it again and thoughts are going through your head about what you just saw, or what you remembered or what just happened in your life.
This is something which, when you see it, changes everything. You suddenly realise that your human experiences aren't coming from anything outside of you. Rather, they are being created from within.
This is extremely powerful because it means that you're no longer a victim of your life and your circumstances. In fact, you're creating them, moment by moment. And this means you're only one thought away from a different experience and a different reality.
“Rather than being your thoughts or emotions, be the awareness behind them.” ~Eckhart Tolle