The Wheel of Awareness is a tool to help create more well-being in your life. It helps you to focus and direct your awareness. The metaphor is that of a bicycle wheel, and all along the rim are places where you can direct your focus, accessing those moments through a “spoke of attention.”
In everyday life it can be easy to get “lost on the rim” and become overwhelmed. By practicing moving between the hub (of awareness) via the spokes to specific senses, you can gain more control of your outcome.
At different times it may be helpful to focus your attention on the…
- 5 main senses: taste, touch, sight, hearing, and smell
- 6th sense: gut sensations, breathing/respiratory, heart, muscles, bones, blood, etc
- 7th sense: mental activities such as thoughts, feelings, memories, beliefs, emotions, images, plans, and anything else on your mind.
- 8th sense: interconnectedness, the ability to connect to yourself, your neighbors, all other humans, plants, and Planet Earth as a whole, bringing compassion and kindness to others and to yourself.
Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.Daniel J. Siegel
The Wheel of Awareness is a tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace. It encourages you to experience being aware of awareness itself. By practicing mindfulness through a practice like the Wheel of Awareness, you can reasonably expect to experience:
- Improved emotional intelligence
- Reduced stress levels
- Improved mental and emotional wellbeing
- Better access to your intuition
- A higher level of empathy
- Increased interpersonal skills
- A healthier resilience
- Reduction in anxiety and depression
Why all these benefits? Because you’re learning to control your awareness. If you feel that you are stressed in the moment, with practice, you’ll be able to take a step back and realize what it causing that stress, and to refocus your attention on other aspects of the moment.
In addition there is evidence that a mediation practice like the Wheel of Awareness can help reduce inflammation and improve your immune system. It can also keep cells healthier, slowing the process of aging. In addition it can improve cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and heart function. (These are all cited in the book Aware, referenced below.).
It does not matter whether you have ever meditated before. Nor does anything change based on your age, race, religion, and background; the Wheel of Awareness can still have an impact.
A book that describes the benefits of the Wheel of Awareness as a helpful tool for bringing more mindfulness and presensing into your life. It can be a challenge to read (it’s more academically written), but it’s implications are inspirational.
You can go to Dan Siegel’s website, and after signing up for his newsletter, you can get 3 free guided meditations.
Guided Breathing Meditation Exercise (10 minutes)
Guided Wheel of Awareness Meditation (25 minutes)
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