I will mention some advantages, some benefits of the practice of awareness. For example, what is happening right now? You may be physically present here but mentally you may be quite elsewhere. So where are you? With the help of awareness, come back here, to be present, to be conscious of what is happening right here and now. This is one very important aspect of meditation, learning to experience the present moment and also learning to be aware of and to work with the past and the future.
Another important aspect of awareness is learning to use awareness to explore, to investigate what is happening in our mind and body from moment to moment. In this way, in any experience we have, in any situation we have to face in life, we can make an effort to learn from it, to make our own discoveries. This is very, very important. And if we can learn to do this, we can meditate in any situation. It can be a pleasant experience, it can be an unpleasant experience; we can even learn, find out about the unpleasant experiences we have.
Related to that is another aspect of awareness, learning to work with our emotions, particularly our unpleasant emotions. Everyone here has problems with these unpleasant emotions. It can be anger, it can be fear, anxiety, or stress; we are all having to deal with these emotions. So one way of working with these unpleasant emotions is learning to be conscious, just learning to be aware of these emotions, whatever these emotions are. When we are experiencing anger, for example, can we be conscious of the anger, can we be aware: now I am experiencing anger? So rather than suppressing that anger, rather than pushing away that anger, rather than denying that anger, not giving in to that anger, we are just knowing that anger, and then we learn to work with it within ourselves.
So the important thing is not the person, not the situation that is creating the anger but rather to deal with your anger, with what is happening inside yourself. If you can learn to use awareness in this way, then meditation becomes a real healing, an art of healing. Then we realize that meditation is not something we do only when we are sitting. In this way, we can learn to meditate at any time in our daily life, our conscious, everyday life.