Some practical ways to practice being “the observer”
There are a few ways to practice what Osho mentioned above. You might like to visualize your thoughts as pictures projected up onto a move screen, while your awareness is “you” sitting in the audience watching the show. Or you might like to picture your thoughts as clouds that drift across the sky of your awareness.
Another useful technique is labeling. This is especially helpful when you are doing a breath meditation or body scan and you become involved in a stream of consciousness, a thought stream, which is a distraction from your chosen object of awareness.
When you eventually catch yourself having drifted away, you might note that fact using the label, “thinking” and saying that yourself before gently escorting your attention back to the breath or body.
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