Mental stress is a problem that is created by burdening yourself with excessive thoughts, and with judgement. Anyone can suffer from mental stress.
The Wheel of Awareness practice is a form of mindfulness or stoic (prosochē) practice developed by Dr Dan Siegel.
The Wheel of Awareness practice can assist in alleviating your mental stress, and even improve your interpersonal relationships.
The practice invites you to use a metaphor of hub and rim to represent levels/locations of awareness.
- You begin the Wheel of Awareness practice in a comfortable seated position and find a natural breathing rhythm.
- Bring your attention to your perception – taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound.
- Bring your attention to your inner bodily sensations, e.g. your heartbeat.
- Bring your attention to the activities of your mind, e.g. emotions, thoughts, memories, hopes, beliefs, dreams, images, longings, attitudes and intentions. Begin by inviting any mental activity to come into awareness, then bring your attention to the characteristics of how these mental activities enter and leave consciousness. Observe any changes.
- Bring your attention to your meta-awareness.
- Bring your attention to our relational connections, e.g. begin with family and friends, and expand out to co-workers, students and teachers, and the planet. (This aspect of the practice is like Maitrī Meditation, which is a type of Buddhist Meditation focused on bringing down socio-cultural barriers of judgement and prejudice that exclude and segregate people.)