The Mindfulness Journey
Thought or mental focus leads your inner awareness; it is often closely followed by memory, emotions and feeling response. As we focus we can call in awareness of memory or emotion that sits in our energy field. Or the imagination can be called in by the conscious mind and we can tell our selves a story.
All of these responses and flows of the inner world are often automatic. This automation of the inner process can be called unconscious awareness. A mindful practice is one that seeks to witness the internal process and make it conscious – this is mindfulness.
Learning to be mindful is a journey of following the patterns, rhythms and triggers of your inner world and being a witness to it. Taking a step back – within your self to see more.
Questions and a soft wonder are the key.
How to Catch a Thought
Often linear or focused and defined. A thought can be a reminder , recollection or a voice of decision. There can be an agenda to envision the future or relive a past event. Our thoughts have meaning and purpose although they can seem like a distraction. You may observe the inner world and ask – is this a thought? What do you want? … you may ask.
How to catch an Emotion
Often called Energy in Motion – Emotion. Emotions are fluid and have feeling and space about them. They can fill the mind or be experienced in the body. Emotions are often a feedback to offer feeling to our range of thoughts and beliefs. They are as a signal to our inner alignment.
If there is heaviness or a strain , you may ask – what am I believing about this feeling or emotion? Does this remind me of something? Is this from the past or a concern about the future?
Logic and Reasoning
These are ranges of thought and can be questioned and evaluated. Ideas are never final and judgements can always be lifted. Logic is a type of deduction such as; if X happens then it will cause XYZ etc
Logic can be consciously applied or unconsciously running. Often logic is “set and forget”. Once in place it can be believed and forgotten. Questioning and reasoning is helpful to evaluate and define new levels and layers of logical thought as it is witnessed.
This is a skill that we all have and use. It is described as the ability to know our emotions and to be able to decipher our emotions from those of other people. Knowing if it is your “stuff”. This is skill that grows with mindfulness for you are able to witness and let go of emotions picked up or absorbed from others.
It is also valuable to evaluate if your emotions are reactions , repeated patterns or present and aware.
The Step Above
Becoming aware or mindful or your thoughts and emotions you create a space. A gap of pure awareness that allows you to witness the inner workings of your mind. This gives you a “step above”. This is not a measure of value or worth , simply a vantage point that is already yours.
From this Step Above you are viewing your self, via your true self and not from smaller stories or feelings. This step is a rise into your true self.
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