Just like you’d build a house, you start with a robust foundation.  Fundamental to constructing a more productive mindset is first developing your self-awareness.  This is not easy as it seems. Often, your thoughts, feelings, and emotions will get in your way, placing obstacles in the way of  being able to observe and to truly be in touch with your awareness.   Let’s take a step back (quite literally), and have a seat…and simply – breathe. Like you may have already learned in a meditation practice, or on your own, start by take slow, deep diaphragmatic breaths.  In through the nose, and out through your mouth (as if through a straw). Do this several times, nice, long, and easy….paying attention to how your in-breath and out-breath travels, feels. You’re sensing your breath.