Obsolete: Observe without Assuming

See: Exercises: Mindfulness (Set 1)

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Reference: The 12 Aspects of Mindfulness

Mindfulness provides the discipline for looking and contemplation.

You may do this exercise while sipping coffee in a café, or strolling along a river. You may even find a place where you can sit comfortably for a while without being disturbed. Then patiently observe the world go by.

As you look do not assume anything. It is easy to assume what one normally expects to be there. For example, if you are looking at the profile of a person, you see only one ear, but you may take it for granted that the person has two ears. Separate the actual perception from the ideas of what should be there.

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MINDFULNESS 2: Observe things as they are, without assuming anything.

  1. Observe as usual. Notice the environment and other people.

  2. Start applying the aspects of mindfulness that you have learned so far.

  3. As you observe, see if there are any assumptions that are hanging around. Spot them as they come up.

  4. Don’t suppress them. Simply become aware of them, and then move on.

  5. As you observe, see if the actual perceptions are different from the ideas in the mind. Notice such differences one by one.

    Example:  You are looking at the profile of a person. You see only one ear. The mind tells you that he is supposed to have two ears. Notice that you cannot verify what the mind is telling you. Taking for granted that the person has two ears, would be an assumption.

  6. Don’t suppress them. Simply become aware of them, and then move on.

  7. As you observe, see if you are being judgmental about some situation. Notice any preconceived ideas present one by one.

    Example: You may look at a person of certain sex, color, profession or cultural background with certain preconceived ideas. Separate the actual perception from the ideas contained in the mind.

  8. Don’t suppress them. Simply become aware of them, and then move on.

  9. As you observe, see if there is something that does not make sense. Notice if your own ideas are contributing to that inconsistency.

  10. Don’t suppress them. Simply become aware of them, and then move on.

  11. Expand your span of attention and let the perceptions pour in.

  12. Let the realizations present themselves to you without you making any effort.

  13. Use your own judgment as to when to end a session.

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Develop this exercise to a point where you are doing it naturally even while interacting socially with others. Keep observing patiently without assuming anything. Keep actual perception separate from the ideas contained in your mind. Many things may come up naturally to be scrutinized. Simply observe them and become aware of them without effort.

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Comments

  • Mark N Roberts  On July 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    This is an excellent series of exercises.

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