Learn to be mindful of thought instead of being lost in it.
Looking at the ongoing and repetitive thoughts that go through our mind,
we can see how it can create a self.
We maintain our world with our inner dialogue.
When mindfulness is focused of the process of thinking our thoughts,
we can almost step back and notice how much we think about the same things each day.
We can step back and see how ridiculous,
repetitive thought stream continually constructs our inner world.
Our thoughts can limit ourselves with
judgements, defenses, ambitions, and compensations.
If someone would walk beside us
and whisper to us our own thoughts,
we would constantly be bored.
If we continued we would be dismayed with the judgements and fears, anger,
the thoughts would not ever shut up!
Finally we may conclude they are crazy.
Can you believe we do this to ourselves!
When we become honest with ourselves and really look at our judgments,
so may of them are untrue.
Try for a moment to sit quietly.
Stop reading this blog.
Close your eyes and try to count your thoughts for one or two minutes.
Number each one.
See what happens.
You may notice a few interesting things that are happening.
You may have word thoughts, or you may have picture thoughts.
Some of us have both.
Initially thoughts tend to slow down.
Some try to capture your identify, "Am I doing this right?"
If you sense very carefully you may sense the gap between the thoughts,
the space of awareness withing which thoughts arise.
It is as if you become the witness of all things, silent, open, alive.
If you look further, you find you are not even the witness
for if you look for the self, there is only witnessing,
awareness itself with on one doing it.
By developing a mindful thought and noticing your thoughts,
one can see how our fears and beliefs blind us.
Wise Heart - Jack Kornfield