By watching your own thoughts, you can learn something profoundly liberating about thought itself. Being an observer of yourself helps you be less of a prisoner to thought patterns, which are often so strong within us. Usually our thoughts are so self-involved and also just plain wrong.
Becoming an observer of yourself unveils:
- how you react to situations and triggers
- just how inaccurate your thoughts may be. Can you validate your thoughts against fact? For example: you may think “Chris must really hate me”, but can you honestly validate that thought? has Chris said those words to you?
- how you are behaving
You can observe yourself by:
- sitting quietly and replaying an event in your mind
- paying attention to yourself as you are having an interaction – with someone, at a meeting, reading an email, etc – observe how you are reacting and what your behavior looks like.
- labeling your emotions (this helps to put some distance between you and your emotions)
- noticing how your body feels (are you tensing up? is your breathing shallow or stopped?). Your body tells you a lot.
So be an observer of yourself. It is fascinating, because who is more interesting than yourself, anyway? :o)
It is simply a practical way to be more in touch with the fullness of your being through self-observation, self-inquiry and mindful action.
And by the way, Happy Earth Day everyone! April 22, 2012.