Natural awareness means simply living in the Now without any expedient. Simply being in the moment. Neither before, nor after. Only when we are in the moment can we focus our attention and our mind with intention, like a laser.
If our mind is colored with concerns, things we had forgotten to do, what we have to do or what we haven’t done, we can’t focus upon a task at hand. The idea is to develop the ability to concentrate our attention on the Here and Now, – the total focus upon what we do at every moment of the day.
There’s a wise Zen Koan which explains this:
“The moon’s reflection upon the surface of the water moves incessantly.
Yet the Moon shines and goes nowhere; it stays but it moves”
If we want to be more aware, our attention must be like the Moon of this zen Koan – a still, peaceful attention like the eye of the storm.
If you wash the dishes, then, be there and wash the dishes. If you are writing on the PC, then be there and write, do what you are doing fully, without worries about the past, the future, what happened and what will never happen.
That’s all. If you want to improve your life, then don’t waste your time with daydreaming about impossible things, putting your mind in a sort of automatic pilot.
To develop such skills, begin with monitoring your thoughts. Indeed, they are the barrier which doesn’t allow us to live the present moment. At first, we’ll forget to do it regularly, but with some practice, it becomes almost “natural”, hence the meaning of “natural awareness”. Remember that you can’t change what you don’t recognize, and if you don’t recognize the quality of thoughts which passes through your mind, then you can’t change them.
Wake up and step out of the daydreams and illusions and live the life. If something is wrong, most likely the problem is with our view in life. But people swoon with dreaming each day during their whole lives, without seeing that what they are searching for – the oasis of peace and knowledge, which is staring them in the face.