Real awarenessPublished 10/12/2013
Awareness: I had a great conversation with a friend today about Self-Protection awareness. She had attended the rugby match at Twickenham last weekend and had a great time. After the match, she decided to join those watching the Wales match on the big screen outside the stadium. Her friend had left for home so she was essentially alone. The majority of the crowd were boozy men all out to have a good time. There was no trouble or violence, just a bit of pushing and shoving as the match reached exciting levels. Although not in any immediate danger, she recognised that there was (at a push) a potential to get knocked over. Without panicking, she decided that she would find a relatively safe spot to stand and basically keep a look out and see what she could spot - as a real exercise in awareness. She stood with her back to some temporary sidings just a few steps away from the main walk way. Here she had a good view of the main crowd as well as those that were coming and going. Grounding herself and remaining calm, she decided to scan her immediate surroundings whilst also breathing purposefully. She must have stayed for about 30 minutes taking it all in, before heading off to the train station well ahead of the crowd. 

It was a great learning experience for her. She felt in control the whole time and assures me that she never really felt in danger, nor did she purposely try and attract attention, but simply wanted to flex her awareness muscle.

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