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Mindful Mastery: The Power of Awareness in Meaning Quality

Updated: Apr 9

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." - Carl Jung

The power of awareness


This is the fifth article in the series on Meaning Quality. I previously explained that meanings have quality; hence, their properties can be measured. Meanings have content, and ideally, such content should be accurate. Otherwise, we would be operating with faulty and incomplete information. The properties or elements of meaning quality are:

1. Meaning Intelligence: It measures the amount of information and its accuracy.

2. Meaning Health: It reveals if meanings are prosocial or not.

3. Meaning Harmony: It shows if the components of the meaning are collaborating and exchanging information coherently and in accord or unity of purpose.

4. Meaning Awareness and Attention: The subject of this article, awareness, brings to light the degree to which the person is alert, perceives, notices, understands, discerns, and responds.

Meaning Awareness and Attention

paying attention

In logoteleology, awareness and attention follow a five-step sequence or stages. Here's how these stages typically unfold:

1. Alertness: refers to being in a state of heightened awareness or readiness to perceive stimuli or information. It sets the stage for subsequent cognitive processes by preparing individuals to attend to their internal and external environments. The individual is alert to what is happening in their meaning set (i.e., attributions, beliefs, values, feelings, attitudes, and aims).

2. Noticing: Once individuals are alert, they are more likely to notice relevant stimuli or information in their internal and external environment. Noticing involves initially detecting or observing stimuli through the sensory perception or attention of the meaning set’s content and interaction.


3. Understanding: After noticing stimuli or information, the individual uses cognitive processing to make sense of what has been noticed. Understanding involves interpreting, analyzing, and integrating the noticed information with existing knowledge, beliefs, values, and experiences held within the meaning set.

4. Discerning: Discerning goes beyond mere understanding and involves evaluating, distinguishing, or making judgments about the noticed information. It requires critical thinking, reasoning, and the application of cognitive skills to determine the information's significance, accuracy, or relevance. These cognitive skills include judiciously discriminating and recognizing the importance and potential impact based on existing data.


4. Responding: Once the individual has discerned the information, they formulate a response or course of action based on their understanding and judgment. Depending on the situation, responding can take various forms. These can be internal and external responses:

  • Internal responses include increasing meaning, intelligence, health, and harmony.

  • External responses include verbal communication, decision-making, problem-solving, or behavioral actions.

In summary, alertness precedes noticing, which leads to understanding. Once the information is understood, the individual discerns its significance or validity before formulating and executing a response. This sequential process allows individuals to effectively:

  • Manage the meaning’s quality.

  • Engage with their environment and adapt to changing circumstances.

Increasing Meaning Awareness and Attention

self-awareness and attention

Increasing awareness can be approached from various angles, and different techniques may work better for different individuals or situations. Here are some effective ways to increase awareness:

1. Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment and being aware of one's thoughts, emotions, sensations, and surroundings without judgment. Regular practice can help cultivate greater awareness of internal meaning content and external experiences.

2. Journaling can help increase self-awareness by providing a space to reflect on thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Writing about daily events, feelings, and insights can foster a deeper understanding and awareness of oneself. Leveraging the meaning construct, individuals can perform meaning analysis to reveal the content of their meanings.

3. Mindful Activities: Mindful engagement in everyday activities can increase awareness. This can include mindful eating, mindful walking, or simply paying attention to daily tasks with full awareness and presence.

4. Self-Reflection: Self-reflection allows individuals to introspect and gain insight into their attributions, beliefs, values, feelings, attitudes, strengths, and areas for growth. It can be done through journaling, meditation, or simply quiet contemplation.

5. Seeking Feedback: Asking for feedback from others can provide valuable insights into how we are perceived and how our actions impact others. Being open to constructive criticism and different perspectives can help broaden awareness. Journaling the feedback and doing meaning analysis can be insightful.

6. Practicing Empathy: Empathy involves understanding and sharing others' feelings. By putting oneself in others' shoes and considering their perspectives, individuals can increase awareness of different experiences and viewpoints. Empathy starts with being meaningful – being prosocial, ensuring that others experience psychological and physical safety, promoting well-being and happiness, doing valuable things for others, and supporting the prosperity of all.

7. Continual Learning: Actively seeking out new knowledge and perspectives can broaden awareness. This can involve reading diverse literature, attending workshops or seminars, or discussing issues with people from different backgrounds.

8. Mindful Communication: Mindful communication involves being fully present and attentive during conversations, listening actively, and being aware of one's words and their impact on others. It also includes self-talk—the internal dialogue or monologue that individuals engage in within their own meaning sets or minds.

9. Body Awareness Techniques: Practices such as yoga, tai chi, or body scan exercises can increase awareness of bodily sensations, tension, and relaxation, leading to greater overall awareness.

10. Setting Intentions: Setting intentions or aims for increased awareness can help focus attention and motivation. Whether it's starting each day with a specific intention or setting goals for personal growth, clarifying intentions can guide efforts toward greater awareness.

By incorporating these practices into daily life, individuals can cultivate greater awareness of themselves, others, and the world around them, leading to deeper insight, understanding, and personal growth.



Being aware offers numerous benefits across various aspects of life, including personal well-being, relationships, decision-making, and overall fulfillment. Here are some of the key benefits of being aware:

1. Sensory and Emotional Regulation: Awareness of one's feelings, emotions, thoughts, and triggers allows for better sensory and emotional regulation. By recognizing and understanding their feelings and emotions, individuals can respond to them in healthier and more adaptive ways, reducing stress and improving overall well-being.

2. Improved Relationships: Being aware of one's own sensations and empathetic toward others' feelings and perspectives fosters stronger, more meaningful relationships. Effective and meaningful communication, including active listening and empathy, contributes to deeper connections and enhanced interpersonal dynamics.

3. Enhanced Decision-Making: Awareness facilitates better decision-making by providing insight into one's attributions, beliefs, values, goals, and priorities. By considering various perspectives and potential outcomes, individuals can make more informed and thoughtful choices that align with their long-term interests. Awareness of what is meaningful simplifies decision-making. It reduces the risk of being influenced by biases.

4. Increased Self-understanding: Self-awareness fosters a deeper understanding of oneself, including one's strengths, weaknesses, the content of one's meanings, and motivations. This self-knowledge enables individuals to leverage their strengths, address areas for growth, and pursue paths that align with their authentic selves.

5. Stress Reduction: Mindful awareness of the present moment helps individuals to stay grounded and reduce stress. By focusing attention on the here and now, individuals can let go of worries about the past or future, leading to greater relaxation and mental clarity. This is particularly true when the meaning set is operating under harmonious conditions.

6. Enhanced Performance: Being fully present and engaged in tasks improves performance, productivity, and quality of life. By focusing attention and minimizing distractions, individuals can achieve a state of flow where they are fully immersed in their work and life and, hence, perform at their best.

7. Cultivation of Resilience: Awareness builds resilience by enabling individuals to adapt to challenges and setbacks. Individuals can respond to adversity with greater flexibility and perseverance by acknowledging difficulties without becoming overwhelmed.

8. Greater Creativity and Innovation: Awareness fosters openness to new ideas, perspectives, and possibilities, stimulating creativity and innovation. By staying curious and exploring diverse viewpoints, individuals can generate novel solutions to problems and spark innovation in various domains.

9. Enhanced Overall Well-Being: Ultimately, awareness contributes to overall well-being and quality of life. Individuals can lead more fulfilling and purposeful lives characterized by greater happiness, satisfaction, and contentment by cultivating mindfulness, self-reflection, and empathy.

The Power of Awareness in Meaning Quality

Being aware offers a wide range of benefits that positively impact individual functioning, relationships, and overall quality of life. Individuals can unlock these benefits by actively cultivating awareness in daily life and experiencing greater fulfillment and success.

Through these series, you learned that meanings have quality. Hence, meaning can be purposely acted upon with intentionality and measured to reach the peak of our potential and performance. Meanings must be:

  • Intelligent and reliable.

  • Pro-socially meaningful.

  • Harmonious, centered, genuine, and authentic.

  • Top-of-mind – we need to remain vigilant and aware of what is happening within us and our environment.

As stated previously, awareness helps us set intentions. You learned this theory and how it can benefit you and others if you remain alert and put it into practice. Are you aware of the quality of your meanings? Will you benefit from "The Power of Awareness in Meaning Quality"?

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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