Being the watcher of your self

So much of the time, we’re busy, hectic, rushing, no time for anything, madly dashing to get somewhere, moving on to the next thing. So, this time, as you are about to plunge into your Monday morning of busyness, just pause a moment and give yourself some space.

The beauty of meditation is that it is like a microcosm of our lives. When we meditate, we potentially get to see what we do in life. This is one reason why it is such an excellent self-development tool. So, to pause and meditate a bit, you can detach from your busyness and just observe it.

It has been said that meditation is what happens when people sit with the intention to meditate. All our ways of being can be present and we get to see all our patterns. For example we expect meditation to be a certain way and get disappointed when it doesn’t work out that way. A bit like life.

Most people comment that they keep getting all these thoughts. So, what can you do when you get these thoughts? Well, there is the practice of attending to the breath as a focus, or using a mantra, which is a sacred phrase or vibration. However, another very useful technique is to be the watcher of your thoughts, as the silent witness. You sit and observe your thoughts, in a non-judgemental way. You just notice them. You don’t try to resist the thoughts, just notice them. They say that a watched mind becomes still.

The witness is not an inner critic, which is another part of the ego. It is a still, silence, observing state, an awareness. It has a great inner peace about it. You just allow yourself to be the witness.

You can apply the technique in the rest of your life. Just notice what you’re doing, being aware of it, rather than let’s say caught up in a pattern that doesn’t serve you. This way your carry your calm state with you as you go abaout your life. When you find yourself caught up again, remember the witness, breathe and allow yourself to just notice.