Sunday, January 16, 2011

A few thoughts on the video "Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn"

I just had a relaxing time following this presentation on mindfulness.

What struck me in this presentation is at the end, during the questions, Dr. Kabat-Zinn points out that there is a part of yourself which is aware: it is that part of yourself which is aware when you are falling asleep during your meditation exercise, it is that part of yourself which knows that your mind is drifting off, which realizes that you are commenting on the fact that you are meditating.

So, in a sense, we always have this part of ourselves which is watching us. It is watching us thinking and commenting to our environment. You might ask yourself: who is watching the commentator? What is this part of our mind that is able to see what we are doing, which is, somehow, outside of ourselves. In that way, that part of our mind is infinite, and -I think- it must be very powerful.

I need to practice and set aside time to dig into my mind and nurture this neutral observer in the back.

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