For those of us who are interested in discovering our real nature, our original face, our one true being, it is indispensable to see the distinction between thinking and watching the mind. We must see the difference between being lost in thought and witnessing the mechanism of the mind. We can see that when we are in thinking, we are not “present,” but when we watch the mind, without getting involved in the particulars of thought, we can feel our very own beingness. The more we recognize this distinction, the more we are drawn back away from thinking and into witnessing.
We do not sit and watch the mind in order to accomplish something but because we recognize that “here” in this watching we are nearer to our self than when we are out chasing dreams. Of course, we continue to forget and find ourselves time and time again lost in space, but each time we return to witnessing, we are breaking the patterns of conditioning, and are becoming more and more familiar with our beingness.
This is from the collection of stories, essays, poems and insights that is compiled to form the book From Lemurs to Lamas: Confessions of a Bodhisattva. Download a PDF or order the book Here.