‘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 has taught at several California Colleges and Universities. She also studied in New Delhi, India.

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