The chances of you paying close attention to reading these few words now are probably higher than the awareness you have of your surroundings.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
I'm exploring the Alexander Technique, made accessible by Michael Ashcroft on Twitter. The quote above is from Viktor Frankl, and it's the basis of the Alexander Technique - to notice the space between stimulus and response.
What does it mean to notice the space in between? from my understanding, once you're aware of this space, you give yourself time choose your response instead of relying on an automatic mode. the being conscious of that space is awareness.
Going back to my first sentence your attention were on the words before I reminded you to be aware of surroundings. Attention can be shifted from here to there, but awareness is the space around your attention - your peripheral version, the sounds from the background, the physical space above and behind you. And sometimes when our attention is too focused on an object, our zone of awareness collapses.
There's so much more towards awareness. How do you constantly stay aware of things? I think that's how the Alexander Technique comes in. We'll be able to gain better control over awareness and when we do, how it may shape the way we do, say, think of things in life.