Sense-Making 101 Knowledge Base

Awareness & Meditation

If sensemaking is about making better sense of the world, then before we can make better sense, we must first be aware of what we’re are sending. We cannot change what we are not aware of. And we are not that which we are aware of, we (the I that I am, the you that you are) are awareness itself. 

Meditation is the fundamental awareness practice available to us to all times. Meditation helps us clear the noise, creating more space for clear perception. As the “monkey mind” quiets we build a stronger capability to develop our sovereignty and sensemaking abilities. 

The hardest part about meditating is starting. And if you’re new to meditating it can feel like “I’m doing it wrong”. The easiest action to take is to get started for just 5 minutes and build a little longer each day.

Substantial research (which you’re encouraged to do on your own) shows that are a plethora of cognitive, psychological, physiological, and emotional benefits of meditation. 

Awareness is more than just meditation. The awareness, presence, concentration, and embodiment that you experience during meditation can extend out to your non-meditative states. Here are five easy meditation styles:

Breath is an incredible powerful way to program awareness throughout your life. We are always breathing and this essential function for life typically runs from our autonomic nervous system without us thinking about it. Just like the Breath and Body Meditation above, throughout our waking hours we can intentionally tune into our breath and by doing so increase our base level of awareness.