Expanding Self-Awareness

Your mind is an explorer, not a soggy sponge. Clark McKowen

It could be argued that thinking is one of the most important things we do every day; it’s like breathing. But thinking and breathing seem to be something we put on autopilot and don’t pay attention to. If you don’t know what is going on in your mind, you don’t know your thinking. It is important to pay attention to thinking because your thinking gives you meaning and determines your experience.

There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.  Shakespeare

Thinking is the grand originator of our experience. William James

Thinking about thinking is your ability to look inside your mind, to reflect on what is influencing what you do. To understand what you do, you need to pay attention to your thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and emotions. What you do often is so loud, you can’t hear what you are thinking. Thinking about thinking is not automatic, it needs to be learned.

How do you learn to pay attention to your thinking? Colin Wilson says it is a knack. It is more like learning to ride a bicycle than mastering a set of rules. I like this idea and since I can’t describe the knack and I don’t know the set of rules, if there are any, I will adopt the riding a bicycle metaphor as a strategy. Thinking about thinking is your bicycle; you are the rider. Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles M. Schulz

Thinking about thinking, like riding a bicycle, is a complex, integrated skill, using all of your gears, all your mindsight and your full mind. Meditation helps people pay attention to their breathing; maybe metaphoric bicycle riding can help people pay attention to their thinking. Once you get the knack and learn to get comfortable paying attention, you may never have to relearn. Become a wizard of ahs. (Clark McKeon)

Be the witness of your thoughts. Buddha



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  1. Eugene Unger says:

    H , how do you start to ” pay attention to thinking? What if all types of thinking occur at the same time? Rational , emotional , organizational , self centered, selfish etc. all at the same time ? I tell myself, focus! My self ” says “on what ?” And so it goes. As I grow older my focus becomes fuzzy and harder to muster. Paying attention is rather a chore . It’s object must be important me. Values become more conservative. Deep thinking is not fun. It used to be fun?! Where does one start? Baseball ! Primitive fun , acted out for just me! Baseball unfolds slowly. Thought provoking but inconsequential ! Perfect non thinking pastime ! Yea ! Starting Wednesday , Play Ball!!! Perfect. Paying attention is optional. See you my friend after March 7. Your friend. Gene



  2. says:

    Provocative idea. Did we think of a date we can have breakfast?  I think Wed the 12th is the day we could that first week because you have the Wisdom Grp. Monday.  We have bocce on Tues. and Thurs and someone coming to check our air conditioning on Friday.  We could have lunch on Tues, Wed and Thurs.  That’s an idea.


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