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Use Mindfulness to Get in Touch with Your Observer Self

By Shamash Alidina, Joelle Jane Marshall

Your sense of self, of who you are, is something most people take for granted. You probably think of yourself as a fixed entity that goes through the world thinking, feeling and doing things. But in fact your sense of self is a lot more fluid. For example, when you’re lost in a daydream or fall into a deep sleep at night, your sense of self seems to disappear altogether.

In mindfulness, you come to see that a part of you is a watcher or witness of everything you think, feel and do. Although English has no word for this dimension of yourself, you can call it the observer self because it enables you to observe and notice your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. It’s a core part of your being.

Ultimately people enjoy mindfulness because it allows them to rest in this deeper, ever-present dimension of themselves with a sense of being, presence, heartfulness, mindfulness and restful observation. In this inner space, you aren’t thrown around quite so easily by life’s ups and downs.

You have a place to retreat to: a refuge. A place inside that’s never touched, no matter what you do, how ill you are or how wrong things seem to be going. The observer is just that – non-judgmentally watching your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and your life around you. When you step back from your thoughts and emotions, you’re stepping back into your peaceful, ever-present observer self.

The main benefits of this ability to observe without judgment are: you feel freer, better able to cope with difficulties and have a deeper sense of connection with yourself.