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Two modes of Operation: the Thinker versus the Observer



Excerpt one:

“Cultivate a Witnessing Awareness” from Mindfulness Skill Workbook for Clinicians and Clients

THEORY: “Being “aware of awareness” is a revolutionary idea for many people.

The idea is to notice what’s arising as it is arising.

This includes awareness of thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and physical surroundings.

It involves paying attention to what is happening in this moment and acknowledging and dismissing distractions.

The goal is to remain aware without trying to change anything. Observe and accept what you observe.

Awareness is the first step in eventually being able to change unwanted patterns.”



Excerpt two:

“Bouncing Back”: Rewiring Your Brain For Maximum Resilience by Linda Graham

Put on your “observer” hat and reflect on the problem.

Become aware of whatever you’re experiencing thoughts, feelings, body sensations without becoming hijacked by them.

Come into a mode of objective observation: I notice I’m thinking this; I notice I’m assuming that; I realize I forgot to ask about this; I don’t even want to think about that.

As you observe your own process of trying to solve the problem, ask yourself, “What story am I believing now?” about yourself, about the situation, about others in the situation.






Charlotte joko Beck:

“So the way of practice that I’ve found to be the most effective is to increase the power of the observer.

Whenever we get upset we have lost it. We can’t get upset if we are observing, because the observer never gets upset.

“Nothing” can’t get upset. So if we can be the observer, we watch any drama with interest and affection, but without being upset.

I’ve never met anyone who had completely become the observer.

But there is a vast difference between someone who can be it most of the time and someone who can be it only rarely.

The aim of practice is to increase that impersonal space.

Although it sounds cold—and as a practice it is cold—it doesn’t produce cold people. Quite the opposite. When we reach a stage where the witness is collapsing, we begin to know what life is.

It’s not some spooky thing, however; it just means that when I look at another person, I look at them; I don’t add on ten thousand thoughts to what I am seeing.

And that is the space of compassion.

We don’t have to try to find it. It’s our natural state when ego is absent.”



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