04/05/2017 at 5:55 pm #5321
Deepak ChopraModerator60 votes@deepakchopra
The question was asked by Kalkin, member of our YATU forum. Thank you Kalkin!
“Dr Chopra has written about ‘witnessing awareness’ – the ability to calmly observe a situation, notice when you are being triggered, and consciously choose how you want to respond.
I assume that this is the same thing as ‘meta-awareness’, that is, awareness of awareness.
Is this the main point of concentration meditation styles? I am aware that it has other purposes, but this is the specific goal that I want to know more about.
The instructions I have received are to focus my attention on the object of meditation—say my breath—and to pull my attention back to the breath if it wanders off.
But my instructors invariably assume that my attention IS wandering off…they say things like ‘notice your thoughts…emotions…’. I don’t have any! They told me to keep my attention on my breath so that’s where it is. I can quiet my mind so that not much is going on. I don’t think I am getting much effective training in meta-awareness this way.
I’ve always had some meta-awareness, but I don’t think it’s getting exercised through meditation. I suspect I need to modify my practice.
What might make more sense for me would be to practice mindfulness while doing something active.
What do you think? Any advice? Much obliged!”
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04/06/2017 at 4:17 am #5323
Hello Dr. Chopra, Kalkin, and the YATU community,
Dr. Chopra reminds us of oneness in the Universe. God is. Thank you, Dr. Chopra!
My experience so far has been that greater awareness may be experienced through the mundane experiences of everyday occurrences when seen energetically, or when we get to the meaning behind the forms of our circumstances. I think this is what Dr. Chopra reminds us of when he says, “Tat Tvam Asi. Thou Art That.”
One way to recognize the awareness of our higher self is well written about in the book, Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence, by Dr. Chopra. Synchronized events are such occurrences. As stated in the book, it helps to pay attention to such events and keep a journal to record these happenings.
Keeping a spiritual journal and paying attention to synchronized events continues to be an important part of my spiritual practice, and has been for many years. Dr. Chopra’s book, mentioned above, was supportive of my experiences. I find that keeping a journal of synchronized (all spiritual events, really) helps me remember who I am as a spiritual being, and not just a being confined to a physical form. Synchronized events are also a validating experience for my spiritual unfoldment!
I would enjoy hearing more about what people do in their spiritual practices to expand awareness. Do you keep track of the expanding awareness and spiritual unfoldment in a journal? How do you do it? ❤
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