Help me to observe myself asking this question
November 26, 2011 4:35 AM Subscribe
I want to learn about mindfulness, to be more mindful. Also known as witnessing or distancing. The ability to be both within and outside a given situation, not to be overwhelmed but to have a part of your mind observe yourself and others all the time. I think this is what very expensive education can teach you.
I was reading these questions
to David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, and it strike me that either he has a very good PR team behind him at all times, whispering into his ear, or he has the ability not to get tripped by a question but somehow remain aloof, even when the question is deeply personal. For instance, when asked about smoking cannabis at school his answer is 'this is a very good try'. This might be a silly example. but the point is the mindfulness required for this kind of answer. I read David Rock's "your brain at work" which is about this kind of thing and I read Marcel Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" (this is perhaps the first time these two authors are mentioned in the same sentence, but the point is that mindfulness is a common concern for both). And somehow I don't feel I am getting any closer to acquiring this state of witnessing. I did try meditation in the past, but I am looking for something much more immediate. So what are the tools, the techniques, the devices one can employ right away to be more mindful?