“One must always be aware, to notice—even though the cost of noticing is to become responsible.”
~ Thylias Moss
One of the key things that I have learned after attending numerous Chopra Center programs is the importance of developing the witnessing awareness. Just stop for a minute and witness who is reading this blog entry. Look at yourself as if you are watching yourself in a movie as you read the blog and begin to become aware of yourself and what you are doing. You can develop the witnessing awareness with a mindfulness practice where you observe your thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judging them as good or bad.
It was important for me to practice this on everyday normal activities so I could apply this technique during challenging opportunities. Now, when I become angry or upset, I stop before reacting and saying anything I will later regret and notice that I am upset. I ask myself “who is upset?” and “who is offended?” I take a deep breath and come from a place of heart-centered awareness and respond from my highest self instead of the person who wants to yell back or give a snarky and sarcastic retort.
Then I find time to journal about this and see if I can get to the bottom of why my ego is hurt. Does it go back to issues I have with abandonment or feeling like I am not good enough, or is it another issue that I still need to resolve. Once I process the situation, I let it go and move on to the present moment. You must understand that I work on this and sometimes I let go within an hour and other times it may take me a day or longer. But, I let go much faster now than I ever used to in the past and with practice I know I will get even better. Developing the witnessing awareness has helped me come from a more positive and peaceful place during stressful times. However, because I am aware of what I am doing, saying, and thinking, I know that I am responsible for my actions and I consciously make more reflective choices.
How can you develop your witnessing awareness?
Are you responsible for your actions, words and thoughts?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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