"Live first and foremost in My Presence...gradually (becoming) more aware of Me than of people and places around you. This awareness...will increase your ability to give love and encouragement to (others.)" (279)
After reading various research projects on the brain and neurology I've come to think of this awareness phenomena as a type of zipper in the mind that brings together two gyri* - one on the right which is more aware of self and one on the left which is more social in nature, being aware of self interacting with others.
I believe that when our awareness is focused on a relationship with God, it can actually enhance our lives so that our total awareness is strengthened. Our awareness of God can give greater clarity to our awareness of self and our interactions with others; enabling us to genuinely love and encourage others.
Much like a well functioning zipper; the pull tab is our God Awareness that helps us mesh together the two gyri, or the two sides of the zipper...Self Awareness and Our Awareness of Others. The metaphor "get a grip on yourself" may be reflective of this ability to adequately zip our lives together in God's Presence and from His Perspective.
When I am well-zipped in Him, it not only holds me together well, it helps me engage well with others.
Getting Well Zipped for the Day...dmc
*(V.S. Ramachandran, Neurology of Self-Awareness. Jan. 8, 2007)