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Now it gets really interesting! 💣 From the foundation of a firm posture, relaxation and calm breath, we begin to focus on witnessing our thoughts with aware detachment. This mindfulness meditation cultivates concentration, mindfulness and letting go, all cornerstones for meditation. ~~~ Suppressing the contents of mind blocks precious possibility for growth. We don't want to force the mind to be quiet. Instead, we learn to witness the flow of thoughts without attaching to them with our usual emotional response. This way, their power over us is allowed to gradually attenuate – this is the real process of yoga.
Imagine you are standing by a brook. It has many features: whirls, ripples and delightful little falls. Sometimes the practice is to focus sharply on a single feature, learning to see what is really there. It trains our ability to discriminate and to focus. Now though, the practice is to see the brook in its entirety, remembering that you are only the witness of its flow. The brook is your stream of thoughts; the features are the specific contents.
Sometimes we are so attached to a thought that we can't help being pulled into it. Try moving away from the stream. Visualize, if it helps.
Sometimes, our thoughts seem to be shy when we look for them, and we see nothing. That's ok. Try focusing on the absence of thoughts. If this creates thoughts - there you go! Be a bystander by the river; a witness of whatever comes. In pauses, let awareness rest on the absence of thoughts - or on subtler worries about the process itself.
One way to begin is to practice with one thought at a time, and intentionally allow it to arise, only to practice seeing and letting go. When comfortable with one thought, move on to the stream of thoughts. Let them all come and go. Who is the witness? Don’t lose yourself in thought trying to find out 😉 Just be aware of the stream.
Aware detachment is invaluable in life. Whenever we feel anger, frustration or fear arise, we can rise above it by becoming its witness. Our thoughts can even become amusing, and the world gets a little lighter 😊 We learn much about ourselves, but also about the humanity we all share.🙏 at Kleinwalsertal