There are two key methods to increase your awareness. One way is to cultivate love, because when you cultivate love your awareness will increase naturally. To cultivate love means to work at residing in that energy of love.
If you do that completely, you won’t need to try to control your mind—you will be controlling your mind automatically. That means no negative emotions will be able to disturb you. You’ll just switch off negative emotions at will, like you switch off a light.
To cultivate love, practice selfless service and practice wanting to love others—purposefully directing your energy with love. For example, I can sit here and I can direct my energy towards loving everyone in the whole of my town. That’s cultivating love.
Being kind to others awakens the loving nature in us. Thinking good of others awakens love. Listening to stories of compassion, listening to stories of selflessness and kindness and altruism awakens love in us as well—instead of listening to stories of selfishness and violence.