Placing ourselves in service is a powerful way to catalyze our own self-awareness. As soon as we place some of our needs and agendas off-limits, they’ll show up full force. If you don’t believe this, try going on a sugar-free diet for a week. Or giving up coffee. Or stopping just about anything that is habitual for you. All of a sudden, you really want that thing—whatever it is.
Mindfulness is the inner state in which we can observe ourselves in action. It enables the self-awareness, for example, that in this moment, I am irritated, or happy, or craving that cup of coffee, or I am just about to say something to my client that might be better not said. Awareness, in turn, allows us to consciously choose whether ...

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