A lot of research has been conducted lately to identify how awareness or mindfulness operates in our brain, the benefits of this mental state, and how we can spend more time in a mindful state. This research is of great value to Network Weavers. Two excellent books on the topic are Your Brain At Work by David Rock and Mindsight by Daniel Siegel. Also, consider exploring Researching Your Own Practice: The Discipline of Noticing.
Mindfulness occurs when we are able to step back from our present situation and reflect on what is occurring in a detached fashion. This state is extremely helpful to Network Weavers because it enables us to temporarily suspend our positions, emotions, or arguments and get a bigger and more nuanced sense of what is occurring. This opens the opportunity to act in new, refreshing ways: to appreciate the other, to listen more deeply, to notice potential.
The Awareness Activities in this handout can help us become more aware of what is happening around us.