updated: Awareness of the Whole Self —–Linda Graham, a neuroscientist describes self! no self sort of!!!!!!


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We learned in chapter 3 to develop the awareness that all emotions and sensations of the body are transient, as are all contents, processes, states, and traits of mental activity.
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Awareness — the state of mind that observes all of that coming and going as coming and going — is itself not coming and going.
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Our awareness of that greater awareness may come and go; most of us lose awareness of awareness in our busy daily lives.
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But the awareness itself is ever present, always ready to be rediscovered any time we choose to focus our attention.
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When we find the space between the stimulus and the response, we alter the rhythm of our doing; we wake up and create space for being.
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Awareness is the knowing, not the contents that are known.
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We can experience it as a vast sky that can hold all the clouds and storms moving through it.
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We usually pay more attention to the contents of clouds and storms than to the sky that contains them.
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As the Zen teaching tells us, when we are in a contracted state of mind, it’s like looking at the sky through a pipe.
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With mindfulness of awareness, we become adept at putting down the pipe and looking at the whole sky again.
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My two cents:  Unbelievable, Each sentence is amazing to me!
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3 responses to this post.

  1. My s/o and I were jabbering a couple of days ago in the park about the mind and how it constricts our experience when we look through the contracted state of the mind.This gets us out of alignment wit the flow of nature/life. Animals are perfect examples of being totally attuned to their environment because they don’t have the ability to reason.

    As we were talking I realized I was so focused on our conversation that I lost awareness of my surroundings. I stopped feeling the sun and the cool air. I paused and stepped back, and continued the conversation but was now silently aware of everything in my experience.

  2. Awareness yes keep up applying and it will become habit and life takes off then.

  3. Very interesting post. She said it very well and easily understandable.

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