“In Touch”: Awareness: The Witnessing of Thoughts

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So far I have been describing different kinds of thoughts.
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But what is it that is aware of thought?
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What is it that is witnessing?
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Something is aware of thought that is not itself a thought.
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Some call it awareness; others call it bare attention.
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The name is not important. When attention, either purposefully or spontaneously, turns away or steps back from thoughts, it relaxes into its source.
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Attention is like a wave of awareness.
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It arises to focus on a thought, feeling, or sensation and then resolves back into an open state, much as a wave subsides into the ocean.
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Attention has also been compared to the lens of a camera that can focus when needed on an object and then defocus back to a panoramic overview.
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At some point, as you simply notice thoughts, allow your attention to shift to that which is noticing.
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What is the nature of this awareness?
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