Self-awareness & Self-observation
by Atman Nityananda /blog
Self-observation and self-awareness go hand in hand.
We cannot observe ourselves if we are in a state of inattention and identify with thoughts, emotions or objects. We must be alert, vigilant and self-aware to avoid identification with psychological structures and sensory objects, which is a state of daydreaming.
Being attentive and aware of the inner silence (Self-awareness) is the necessary condition to consciously observe our psychological self or, more precisely, the not-self.
If we do not maintain a firm contact with the inner silence, we will easily identify with the contents of the mind instead of witnessing them.
When we establish ourselves in inner silence, it is quite easy not to identify with the reactions of the mind and to observe objectively everything that appears in it.
Meditation, self-inquiry and other practices can help us develop our capacity to become more, clearly, deeply and firmly aware of our Self (inner silence and I am).
The development of devotion, discernment, dispassion and concentration are also very important qualities that help us to remain constantly aware of ourselves and not to identify with the mind..
The development of Self-awareness helps us to develop self-observation and self-observation helps us to discover and dissolve all the various egoic tendencies that keep us attached, identified and asleep.. And the dissolution of the egoic tendencies brings more clarity, luminosity and sharpness in the mind and opens more space in the mind and so we become more able to not identify with psychological structures and to develop more Self-awareness.
To develop Self-awareness means to be increasingly able to maintain a constant, deep and clear awareness of inner silence, peace, freedom and plenitude.
Being attentive and aware of the inner silence (Self-awareness) is the necessary condition to consciously observe our psychological self or, more precisely, the non-self.
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