The process of witnessing, to observe by disengaging with weight of my thoughts/ feelings, is to become a neutral observer of my mind.
The Sanskrit word for this witness as direct observation is sakshi. With - senses or eyes. Sakshi. We can all work this, that ability to remain solid amidst the chaos turning on around us. We can awaken this and it becomes our spiritual power.
And you are using it right now, reading this article, and I writing it. The idea is to what they call “soften” these attachments so we can give new deeper meaning to what is around us. The article I share gives the qualities or these new experiences as “restful, transparent and expansive.”. Who we are at the source.
My struggle with discipline in recovery could be helped by practicing a mindful activity of softening my attachments. I guess that would mean to identify them, which seems contradictory to this process. If I identify my attachments, don’t I reinforce them at the same time? Instead, could I maybe try to develop a new focus. I don’t know what this focus is, but maybe it’s nothing and to focus on this nothing. And while thoughts come, I soften the attachment by reducing mind chatter.
Meditation feels daunting to me, but it seems to be what is required to develop a new focus. I’ve read that meditation doesn’t have to be sitting. I could actually be walking, talking, taking the bus. And this focus can be just to observe what is around but let go of all intrusive thoughts. Just while writing this article, I had attachments like, is this smart? I have to write this so they don’t judge me. I have to be good. Should indent more? Man-o-man. And I guess this is space where I do share these thoughts and attachments, but the double process going on at the same time and the intensity of this inner voice became clear. And I am more than these thoughts, so who am I?
My meditation is one of movement, it feels more right. I will look into this next. They propose a meditation practice in the article bellow, but I, for one, need to move physically. And this is ok because finding focus is a balancing act with my energy and my need to develop this new “vision”.