Observing Change

We live in a culture that places a huge emphasis on doing. Being busy all the time is considered a virtue. We are also bombarded with books on how to facilitate change by using willpower, intuition, intention, and a variety of other ‘old’ or newly discovered techniques. In yoga a lot of emphasis is placed on being the observer. When we observe what is happening to us without getting emotionally caught up in the process, we will manage to be completely present in the moment. What will happen if, instead of being obsessed with creating change, we simply allow change to happen? And then observe it as it unfolds without getting emotionally or mentally stuck in the process.

Here is a couple of my favourite quotes regarding observation to meditate on:

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.  And, because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how our failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.”

– R. D. Laing –

“The observation of others is coloured by our inability to observe ourselves impartially. We can never be impartial about anything until we can be impartial about our own organism.”

– A. R. Orage –

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

– Buddha –

“To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”

– J. Krishnamurti –

“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to  patient observation than to any other reason.”

– Sir Isaac Newton –


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