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The Art of Being the Silent Witness

I’ve been busy with all kinds of activities lately.

I volunteered to be the head tech for lighting and audio at Ted Talks here in Asheville. I’m busy with my coaching practice and I’ve got band gigs coming up.

I’m involved with my local Toastmaster club and I’m giving a workshop on marketing for Conscious Entrepreneurs at the end of the month. And I teach mindfulness meditation two nights a week.

But with all this outer activity my self-awareness never takes a back seat. My mindfulness meditation practice continues to imbue all aspects of my life.

The quality, flow and focus of attention gained by mindfulness meditation makes my life efficient and easy. It has become my natural way of being.

A rich spiritual life helps me stay grounded. When times get crazy I return to the Self.

Please note: The word Self with a capital “S” is used to define Higher Self and to differentiate from the small or limited egoic self.

I can sum it up with one word: Witnessing

Witnessing is a kind of an aloof, innocent quality where you don’t get too involved in identification with anything.

In witnessing, the mind is aware of being aware but with fewer mental qualifications. This mindfulness allows for less thinking and more beingness.

The mind is tricky. It is in a constant state of more. It craves more knowledge, more experience and more me. It’s primary thought is “ME.”

There’s a lot going on under the hood or sub mind like ego, conditionings, trainings, culture, history, memories, re-presentations, beliefs, neuroses, addictions, emotions, positions, beliefs, likes, dislikes etc.

Witnessing is different from our compulsive preoccupied minds.

Be The Silent Witness

When you witness or silently observe, you are aware that your body is not who you are.

You are aware that your mind and emotions are not who you are either.

You witness that only witnessing is your real Self. You become an unidentified observer of existence. You are mindful.

I like the Buddhist saying, “Strong back and soft front”, which means that we should remain open and loose on the front but strong and well-grounded on the back.

When you witness and take the 1000 mile view and see with detached equanimity, while remaining firm and anchored in the center of your being, with an urgency as if this was your last moment on earth, a simple joy arises.

What would happen if you allowed EVERYTHING in this moment to be just as it is?

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