Share your methods for increasing your awareness
It makes sense to me that awareness is the only real freedom as it reveals choices and lack thereof, as well as consequences. Let's try to list some methods of improving awareness other than meditation, or if you wish to include your meditation practice, describe how you do it in detail. I will start:
One time, I looked at myself through my own eyes. Now I perceive myself constantly. In fact, I am more aware of myself than I am of my surroundings, not to say that I am unaware of them. Unless, of course, I am listening to some Jedi Mind Tricks walking down the street.