Two modes of Operation: the Thinker versus the Observer

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Excerpt one:

“Cultivate a Witnessing Awareness” from Mindfulness Skill Workbook for Clinicians and Clients

THEORY: “Being “aware of awareness” is a revolutionary idea for many people.

The idea is to notice what’s arising as it is arising.

This includes awareness of thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and physical surroundings.

It involves paying attention to what is happening in this moment and acknowledging and dismissing distractions.

The goal is to remain aware without trying to change anything. Observe and accept what you observe.

Awareness is the first step in eventually being able to change unwanted patterns.”

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Excerpt two:

“Bouncing Back”: Rewiring Your Brain For Maximum Resilience by Linda Graham

Put on your “observer” hat and reflect on the problem.

Become aware of whatever you’re experiencing thoughts, feelings, body sensations without becoming hijacked by them.

Come into a mode of objective observation: I notice I’m thinking this; I notice I’m assuming that; I realize I forgot to ask about this; I don’t even want to think about that.

As you observe your own process of trying to solve the problem, ask yourself, “What story am I believing now?” about yourself, about the situation, about others in the situation.

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