Three steps of awareness

Three steps of awareness

When you become aware of your thoughts, you will be surprised at what goes on inside you.
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The first step in awareness is to be very watchful of your body. Slowly, slowly one becomes alert about each gesture, each movement. And as you become aware, a miracle starts happening: many things that you used to do before simply disappear, your body becomes more relaxed, your body becomes more attuned, a deep peace starts prevailing even in your body.

Then start becoming aware of your thoughts; the same has to be done with the thoughts. They are more subtle than the body and of course, more dangerous too. And when you become aware of your thoughts, you will be surprised at what goes on inside you. If you write down whatsoever is going on at any moment, you are in for a great surprise Just for ten minutes go on writing.

And after ten minutes you read it—you will see a mad mind inside! The very phenomenon of watching it changes it. And when your body and your mind are at peace you will see that they are attuned to each other too, there is a bridge. Now they are not running in different directions. For the first time there is accord and that accord helps immensely to work on the third step—that is, becoming aware of your feelings, emotions, moods. That is the subtlest layer and the most difficult, but if you can be aware of the thoughts then it is just one step more.

Once you are aware of all these three, they all become joined into one phenomenon. And when all these three are one, functioning together, perfectly humming together, you can feel the music of all three, then the fourth happens of its own accord. It is a gift from the whole.

Abridged from The old pond, plop by Osho

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