Another way, is to measure and then work on consciously regulating your biofeedback or various physiological functions using instruments that provide information on brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and pain perception. Like with meditation, improved health and physiological changes often occur in conjunction with changes to thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
1. When I'm walking, I deliberately notice the sensations of my body moving.
2. I'm good at finding words to describe my feelings.
3. I criticize myself for having irrational or inappropriate emotions.
4. I perceive my feelings and emotions without having to react to them.
5. When I do things, my mind wanders off and I'm easily distracted.
6. When I take a shower or bath, I stay alert to the sensation soy water on my body.
7. I can easily put my beliefs, opinions, and expectations into words.
8. I don't pay attention to what I'm doing because I'm daydreaming, worrying, or otherwise distracted.
9. I watch my feelings without getting lost in them.
10. I notice how foods and drinks affect my thoughts, bodily sensations, and emotions.
Increasing our awareness requires training and practice. If you find yourself judging or easily jumping to conclusions, it often times has more to do with your state of mind than it does with the person whom you're judging.
People with self-purported "good intentions" tend to judge others the harshest, telling them what they're not doing, what they should be doing, and touting what they're doing without even asking a single question or truly understanding another's challenges in life. Their limited perception creates an illusion that they can advise effectively from their own experience, which may or may not be relevant to another's life.
As frustrating as this can be, it's best to simply remember that everyone evolves in their own time. This behavior is not necessarily indicative of another's true level of awareness, but rather a specific need for growth in the area of judgment.