I've spent a lot of time wandering through my own psyche over the years making an effort to become more self-aware. Though, I'm not sure I had a great understanding of self-awareness until recently.
I used to think self-awareness was solely an internal thing. The way in which we introspect and process the world, understand our desires, beliefs, motives, passions, and emotions. Essentially, the autobiographical story we create for ourselves. Then the whole "listen to your body" premise came onto the scene and I realized that another definition of self-awareness existed. The ability to observe our physical body in the present moment. The sensations and tensions we feel, our tone of voice, and energy levels.
I got pretty good at driving both of those ships separately (and to my defense they are located in different areas of the brain that are quite removed from each other). I would wake up feeling anxious and think - 'What the hell did I eat yesterday?' or tell a story about something painful and be so in my head trying to account the details in a coherent way that I wouldn't notice the tightness in my chest or the quickening of my voice.
It wasn't until I began to bridge those two systems - my internal self-awareness and the current sensations I was feeling in my body, that I came to understand true awareness, and healing. Basically, putting the mind back into the body, and the body back into the mind.
Not only did my self understanding grow, but with it my creativity heightened. The interesting part; I've always loved the definition of creativity as being the ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated things or ideas. Maybe that's all true self-awareness is. That powerful connection between the mind and body.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.