Within each of us, there is an inner witness quietly observing what goes on inside and outside of us.
Born from a place of silence and wisdom, even when the world churns up a storm of emotions, the witness sits calmly in the eye of the storm, unharmed, luminous, and all-knowing.
If you wish to clear away the clouds of your thoughts, simply keep your mind in the present. The clouds of thought linger only in the past or the future. Bring your mind to the present, and your thoughts will rest. Rather than repeating, “It is awful! It is awful!” stare straight into the awful feeling.
Examine the feeling.
Can you see its impermanent nature? Let the feeling leave when it says it wants to go.
Excerpt From: Haemin Sunim. “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World”.