We can’t heal our problems if we’re unconsciously possessed by our thoughts, feelings, and moods; we must step outside of them and observe ourself.
This gives us the possibility of intervening in a way that can create change.
Practice this daily:
Consciously notice what you feel and think, and name these experiences.
“Anger is present.”
“Hurt is here.”
“I see you, anxiety.”
“Depression is happening.”
“Fear and worry are here.”
Don’t identify with your problem, identify with your AWARENESS of it—the part of you that can observe and label it.
Look at yourself from the outside. Be a detached silent witness and name the feelings, thoughts, and states of mind that move through you.
But don’t interpret them—“It’s my mental illness,” “It’s my childhood trauma,” “It’s because I’m a bad person,” etc. Simply name what’s happening—“Hopeless,” “scared,” “frustrated,” etc.
By doing so, you’ll attain the objectivity you need to process your problem instead of being caught in a subjective swirl of energy and emotion.
To learn methods for using this inner objective observer to process and transform your issues, listen to the Dr. Zwig Show.