Awareness is about your perception of a situation or piece of knowledge. Refining your awareness can help you better understand yourself and the world around you. Here, you'll learn some simple ways to become more aware. 

Start With Self-Awareness

Perhaps the best way to increase your awareness is to learn to observe and manage your thoughts. If you feel fear, ask yourself why you're afraid. What's the underlying cause? Learn to separate the truth from what your mind might invent.

Cultivate a Self-Reflective Ritual

Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful way to help cultivate awareness. Sit comfortably and focus on your breathing. When you start thinking, recognize the incoming thought and then let go, bringing your attention back to your breath. Don't worry if it seems like there's a new thought every five seconds. It's normal. Just acknowledge and let go. 

Share Your Experiences With Others

One way to remain more objective is to talk to others about our experiences. By getting another person's point of view, you get a different perspective on the experience, and maybe learn something new. They can help pinpoint your blind spots, too, making you more aware of what's going on around you.

It takes practice to become more aware, but it's an effort that pays off.