The Tool of Self Observation

     The number one tool at your disposal to help understand your mind is the tool of self-observation.  Developing this tool is easy; simply pay attention to your mind and thought processes, but do it as if you were an outside observer.  Watch your mind in play, at work, in your relationships … in all of the activities that make you happy and sad, confident and afraid, discontent or peaceful.  Just watch and experience your own mind.  See the energy flow first-hand, how thoughts lead to actions, how actions lead to results, and how results lead to reactions, both within yourself and the people and world around you.  Take note of which thoughts and actions bring you and those around you joy and peace, and which ones bring unhappiness and turmoil.  And of course, observe this process in the lives of the people around you as well.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 12)

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