Strengthening your Wheel of Awareness

There are plenty of techniques and practices that you can explore when looking to better yourself. Not only do they increase your awareness, but they actually heal your brain from many different ailments. Especially for people battling addiction, these techniques and practices can be the difference between relapse and success.

Are you struggling with addiction and not sure how to overcome your own mind? If so, you’re not alone. Below, we’ll dive into awareness in more detail and offer ways to strengthen it with the wheel of awareness.

What is the wheel?

So what is the wheel of awareness? The wheel is a concept that was developed by Dr. Dan Siegel. He uses it as a way to help people understand the mind and integrate consciousness into daily life. It is helpful for everyone but more so for people that are struggling with mental health and addiction. 

How does it work?

Imagine a bicycle wheel. In the middle of the wheel is your inner awareness and along the rim are the known objects you are focusing your awareness on. These can be thoughts, emotions, etc, anything that stems from your consciousness. When you are thinking about sadness, your inner awareness is creating a spoke out towards that emotion and focusing your consciousness on it. 

However, by intentionally and specifically moving your thoughts from negative ones such as sadness to positive ones such as happiness, you can retrain your brain and how it thinks. You can turn away from that spoke you’ve created and make another that redirects your awareness towards better thoughts. For addicts specifically, it can teach them to redirect their past obsessive thoughts or triggering images towards positive, healthy ones.


Now that you know what the wheel of awareness is and how it works, you’re probably wondering how to practice it. It’s simple really!

You can practice the wheel of awareness anywhere. To start, sit or lay in a quiet room with no distractions. Close your eyes and take deep breaths, focusing on each inhale and exhale. As you breathe in and out, pay attention to your mind. If you notice it starts to wander towards negative or obsessive thoughts, call it back and intentionally focus on positive ones. To bring back the analogy, this turns your mind from negative spokes and forces it to create healthier, positive ones instead. 

While it’s great to start practicing in a secure, quiet environment, you can grow to use this technique anywhere, at any time. If you’re at work or out with friends and you start to notice your mind drifting towards negativity, close your eyes and take deep breaths. Redirect your thoughts towards positive, healthy ones and focus on them until you feel the negativity pass. Continue to do this every time those negative thoughts come over you.

By practicing the wheel of awareness on a regular basis, you begin to strengthen your mind and become a more conscious, centered individual. 

Ask a professional

Are you interested in learning more about the wheel of awareness and how it can help you in your sexual addiction recovery? If so, Coeur d’Alene Counseling is here for you.

We offer individual therapy sessions that are focused on providing you the best possible life post-addiction. Give us a call today, let’s start strengthening your wheel of awareness together!