Gaining Self Awareness

by Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda

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Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and acharya of the US West Coast centers and Ashram.  Swamiji is also the acharya of the Sivananda mission in Asia, especially in Vietnam, where she hails from.

Why is Self awareness important?

Spiritual insights go beyond the workings of the mind and intellect. The function of self awareness is fundamental for healing
Begin with awareness of breath. Bring your awareness to the present moment, which is perfect in itself, with slow and smooth breathing without effort.
Turn within and feel heart/soul intelligence and start to trust it. Diminish the ego that feels separated and alone in the experience of a larger reality or group consciousness.
Self awareness implies spiritual healing, connection with the Divine. 

Self Awareness Tools

  • You are not alone
  • No more blame, guilt, anger, resentment, despair, rejection, self-pity or self-victimization
  • Practice gratitude
  • Do not accept the imperfect self, the ego, the idea of who we are
  • Acceptance that on another level, we are perfect and untouched by all of what is happening
  • There is peace and contentment by accepting everything and loving everything
  • not reject anything
  • Do not thinking that something is better
  • Limit the running towards and away from anything
  • Breathe into pain, physical or mental
  • Dissolve the pain in acceptance
  • Stay calm in all conditions
  • Everything is perfect as it is
  • Adopt a policy of not complaining
  • Adopt a smiling attitude, cooperation, flexibility
  • Let go of control
  • Let go of fears (that come from attachment)
  • Let go of anxieties


meditation under a tree
group sitting meditation
group pranayama in a row
group lying savasana corpse pose

Self awareness skills

  • Faith in one’s capacity of healing
  • Faith in God or Nature the healer
  • Faith in the doctor or therapists
  • Increase trust in oneself and others
  • Avoid excessive suspicion and anxiety
  • Eat with faith and confidence that the food is nourishing
  • Pray before eating
  • Bless the food and the cooks
  • Keep an object/image that reminds yourself of the Indweller
  • Repeat mantra with faith
  • Read spiritual scriptures and have faith in the teaching and in the teachers
  • Dare to do things are not in your comfort zone, such as trying a new posture, a new endeavor, and having faith it will workout

Awareness of Self

Self love turns the love that is addressed to others to the love of one’s divine Self. The patterns of attachments and disillusions thereof are fundamentally changed as we live and let live and find one’s place in life and destiny.
  • Detect patterns of attachments
  • Excessive attachments to something external shows lack of self love
  • Take time for yourself
  • Enjoy life
  • Practice self affirmations and also learn to appreciate others
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others
  • Avoid wasting energy on something you can not change
  • Be ready to change something that needs to be changed, and know the difference


Self awareness brings responsibility. Take the necessary steps either by taking the medicine, do the exercise, eat properly, meditate, but with the idea that you are performing duty to the body as a temple and not with the idea of the outcome.

Self awareness goes beyond death and disease.  The immortal Self, the Atman is diseaseless, deathless, birthless.  It is only the karmas that are playing out in the individual life. Once the karmas are understood, the individual becomes ready for anything and finds peace.

© Swami Sitaramananda 2018 – No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the author.

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  1. melinda gadda

    Swami Sita your words always bring calm, graditude and contentment. Thank you.

  2. Radha

    I deeply appreciate these wonderful reminders! The new format of the website looks wonderful also.

  3. Brigid

    Dear Swami, Thank you for articulating these helpful suggestions! Words to live by <3


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