Having self awareness takes hard work. It is a daily, weekly, yearly, lifetime commitment which most of us make, cause why else are we here but to learn about ourselves and evolve as a species. First tier, and second tier, self awareness are outlets that help you work on yourself to gain insight and knowledge into your mind body and soul.
What is first tier self awareness? First tier self awareness costs money. You need help, you seek help, you see someone. A shrink, a therapist, a hypnotist, an acupuncturist, a yogi. Whether it is psychiatrically driven or not, first tier help usually ends up resulting in seeing a professional in some capacity or another and that professional costs money.
What is second tier self awareness? Second tier self awareness is free. I drop a good chunk of change when I see my psychiatrist so, due to the financial strain, I honestly only go if I absolutely have to. And every time, at the end of the session, when it is time to schedule the next one, it is a full blown negotiation. My psychiatrist knows how I am so probably picks a date sooner then he needs to see me cause he knows I am going to prolong the date, and push it a few weeks down the line. In the past several months I haven’t been going to therapy that much so often times I will use that as a negotiation tactic to prolong the next meeting. I will promise to go see my therapist at least once in order to schedule my next psychiatrist visit farther down the line. So, like I said, first tier self awareness costs money. I’ve never been to a acupuncturist but I’m sure that’s not cheap either.
Second tier self awareness is free. So what can you do that doesn’t cost any money to better understand yourself and grow as a human being?
- Number One: You cultivate honest relationships. Often times people consider confiding in friends and discussing their problems a form of therapy. Having a reliable friend that you can converse with is crucial to second tier self awareness, however, it only works if it stems from an honest place. So, make sure if you are going to rely on friends to get you through hard times, or help you learn more about yourself, that those relationships are real and authentic.
- Number Two: Implement hobbies in your life. Whether it is running, gardening, reading, knitting, find something you enjoy doing. or even find challenging to help better evolve yourself, and learn about your strengths and weaknesses. Learning to speak a new language is hard but very rewarding. It opens doors to learning about other cultures, and offers opportunities to travel which is always a great way to become more self aware. Join a cooking class and learn how to make something new and exiting. Not only will you enrich your life but you’ll come across a new set of people that can offer you a chance to grow.
- Number Three: Pray. We all have different religions we practice, and different ways of praying but, whether it’s meditating or attending church, having God in your life in some fashion or another will help you become more self aware. I like to take a steam after I work out but, it’s also somewhat of a religious chore cause I use that time to say the rosary. I almost have to bargain with myself and only allow myself to take a steam if I am willing to do the rosary. It’s not like I won’t do it on my own but, it is a great incentive cause praying isn’t always easy for me. I use the word chore cause sometimes it feels that way but, when I don’t do it I find myself less centered, less aware of my state of mind and being so, praying is a nice free way to further your self awareness.
So, like I said, first tier self awareness costs money. It’s that simple. And some of us don’t have the kind of money needed to see a professional but, there are other outlets available to you if you are willing to put in the effort, and commit yourself to any one of the three listed above.