‘Witness’ your Thoughts

Can you witness your thoughts at least twice today?

Obviously you are aware of your thoughts. We are typically immersed in our thoughts, profoundly influenced by them.  Hopefully, we are frequently entertained by our them. This is good! However ‘witnessing’  your thoughts is tricky. Imagine yourself sitting beside the stream of your own consciousness.

Oh,  There’s one. There’s another and another.

Become a Botanist of Mind.

Is this thought, social commentary? Is it amusing? Is it kind or unkind? It doesn’t matter for purposes of this exercise. Don’t judge it. It is what it is. It is not a crime to be you. Allowing your thoughts to be what they indeed are creates a solid platform for growth. Noting that a  given thought may be kind of unkind  WITHOUT EMOTION OR SELF CRITICISM creates the conditions for the self organizing character of mind to do what it can do for you, which is help you grow.

Is this thought an astute observation? t doesn’t matter for purposes of this exercise. Don’t judge it. It is what it is. Allowing your thoughts to be what they indeed are creates a solid platform for growth. Noting that a  given thought may be kind or unkind  WITHOUT EMOTION OR SELF CRITICISM creates the conditions for the self organizing character of mind to do what it can do for you, which is help you grow.

For more about the self organizing character of mind see http://phenomenalmind.com/mind-a-self-organizing-google/

 

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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