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    The Witness Try this experiment before reading further. Since the mind speaks in words, for the next minute become the witness, the listener of your mind.
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      The Witness

      Try this experiment before reading further. Since the mind speaks in
      words, for the next minute become the witness, the listener of your
      mind. Close your eyes, breathe a sigh of relief, take three
      abdominal breaths, and listen to your mind for one minute.

      What happened? You probably had one of two experiences. Either you
      watched your thoughts go by or, strangely, there were no thoughts at
      all. My patients are often amazed that when they watch the mind
      closely, it tends to stop or slow down. Usually the experience of
      witnessing the mind - whether the mind falls silent or keeps on
      running - is one of peacefulness. You don't stop existing if the
      mind becomes quiet. You are still aware of your own existence and
      your own consciousness, and that awareness is quite peaceful. Try
      the experiment again for a minute.

      Meditation develops the ability to become aware of a completely
      nonjudgmental part of the mind, that of the Witness. The Witness is
      the part of your mind that watches - that is aware of thinking.
      Since the Witness is beyond the ego, it is not caught up in judging
      and is thus content in any situation. Another name for the Witness
      is the Self, or the unconditioned mind. It is the same in everyone
      because it is not conditional on what our experiences have been. It
      exists previous to experience and the arising of the different parts
      of the mind.

      extract from an article by Joan Boryensko

      Joan Borysenko, PhD, is the author of several books including the
      bestseller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind. She is a licensed
      clinical psychologist and co-founder and former director of the
      Mind/Body Clinic at the New England Deaconess Hospital.  Her newest
      book is The Power of the Mind to Heal (Hay House, 1995).
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