How many of us can honestly say that we are effective observers…of ourselves? We live so fast, make so many decisions, react unconsciously to so many stimuli, and then we wonder how we got to where we are right now.
Look around. There is so much happening in our world that evokes many reactions, few responses. We feel drawn to say something, even if it is to express our anger, our displeasure. We are often not even aware of just how easily we are triggered by events, statements by others, memes on social media and news of any kind – fake or not.
The practice of self observation is one of the most powerful tools we have on-board and available for use. In fact, the more we practice it, the better we become at slowing down, not reacting, checking in with ourselves to see what is really happening inside. The first step for me was to remind myself to notice the judgements before I thought them about myself or another. I decided that noticing them first would help me not react. I created a space, a pause between the thought and the action. In that space I had an opportunity to sit with the feeling; to dive in more deeply to what may be at the core of the feeling – anger, resentment, fear or grief.
We contribute to the healing of our planet and each other, when we begin with ourselves.
As observers of ourselves, we learn to heal our wounds and to open our hearts so that we easily empathize with those who need our love and support. We offer our most authentic selves in service when we know more about who we are from the deep well within which holds our painful moments, experiences and wounds.
Real, true and deeply authentic love can only be offered when we begin with the full loving acceptance of ourselves as we are – warts, wounds and all. The more we devote our energy to healing ourselves, the more energy we have available to love others.
Listen to that small and powerful loving voice within.
Know who you are so that you know who you are not.
You are who YOU are. You are not what someone else tells you that you are.
Learn these things through quiet observation of self.
Appreciate the same in others through observation.
“Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in ‘just being’. Allow nature to teach you stillness. When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself.”
― Eckhart Tolle
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