Observe means taking a step back and wait before reacting. Your natural instinct is to react automatically, often to your detriment. You may jump in with an action or opinion for instance, when you would be better served waiting before making a decision. Often doing nothing is the best course in many circumstances.
Checking your emotions, feelings and thoughts through observation puts you in touch with your inner self, your real self. Watch and listen without judgment and new revelations will be revealed.
Remember, your mind is not the real you, your spirit or essence is outside your brain. By seeing with this part of yourself you will open new insights and ideas you normally can’t access. This is one reason that meditation is a good habit to practice.
Lie quietly for ten minutes, relax and watch the thoughts that arise. Do nothing, merely notice the thoughts. Feelings may come next, again don’t judge or do anything but watch within your mind’s eye each sensation as it surfaces. You may receive a great idea and want to jump up and start, but don’t, relax and view the ideas.
After a while you may want to shift your position, scratch an itch or feel restless. Carry on observing these bodily feelings but don’t move, don’t act, just watch. Practice makes perfect. The more often you take time out of your normal routine to lie down and observe the more you will discover about your inner self, your personality, prejudices perhaps and deeper beliefs about your life.
In company, try stepping back a little and note the conversations around you. Watch people’s eyes and movements. What are they truly thinking? Do their actions match with their words? When you’re not thinking of the next subject you want to bring up, waiting for a gap in the conversation to put in your pennies worth your observations will surprise.
Practice observation often and you’ll find a rise in your consciousness, understanding and give yourself the gift of true thoughtful insight.
“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.”
― Steve Maraboli