There is the following essential aspect in the practice of awareness: the quantity of the energy that can be used to witness. The quantity of our free energy defines the quantity we can consciously consume.
The energy we get from food, breathing and impressions is partly consumed by the automatic functions of the body (heartbeat, digestion etc.) while the other part can be used at our discretion. We use it in a carefree manner like kids. It drains away through the unconscious bodily tension, bursts of negative and positive emotions, and generation of desires and subsequent related concerns. In other words, each body’s activity takes energy. Moreover, if we are not worried or hassled, we are happy to channel all the free energy we possess to get pleasures.
Any pleasure takes energy to be spent, but this process is not as unambiguously negative as it is often described by the supporters of austerity. Alcohol, dancing till you drop, sex, coupling with movie events, visiting friends, playing football or going to a restaurant... All these actions give us impressions, although not always the ones we need, and take away our energy. We need fresh impressions the same way as fresh bread, but the mind affected by the power of its habits turns our pursuit of pleasure into a mechanical and useless action. As a result, the impressions we get turn stale and fail to satisfy us. In the end, the things that used to be pleasant turn into something equal to grief, but the mind keeps striving for repetition and makes us walk along the well-trodden paths.
This way, all the energy that has not been used to worry and resolve survival-related issues is drained down the channel of the habitual pleasure.
Development of awareness takes efforts to redirect the flow of energy. That is why when you wish to expand the field of your awareness and include the body, emotions and the mind in there, it should be done in the morning, right after you wake up, when the energy is still fresh and abundant.
When you decide to act this way, on getting out of bed, you should consider everything you do outside and the psychoemotional reactions accompanying your actions. You might be brushing your teeth or having breakfast: all these routine actions will be followed by the flow of thoughts and the feeling ‘I like it’, ‘I don’t like it’ or ‘I don’t care’. You task is not to “fall asleep”, i.e. not to be coupled with you thoughts and sensations and forget about observation. It is a very hard thing to do unless you already have the skill of passive practices. Even if you have this skill, it is quite challenging to stay aware when you leave home. You might get distracted by any external irritant and “sail” into the dreams by losing the awareness.
This way or another, as soon as the energy starts to run out, you will get distracted and coupled. In the end, you will spend the rest of the day as usual, being absent from your actions and decisions. The energy will flow along the habitual channels of the unconscious suffering and search for pleasure. It can all be started over from tomorrow.