Alignment With Purpose

Self Observation Exercise 3 – Alignment With Purpose

Invent, by declaration, an internal separation in yourself. Divide yourself into two persons: one who acts/reacts in life,  and one who observes and is passive in life.

– Using the questions below, begin to observe yourself in life. Observe quietly, passively. Observe your internal states as well as what you show the world.

– At the end of each day, scan through your day, note what happened and how you reacted. You may want to write notes, so you can begin to notice patterns.

1) What actions did I take during this period that are aligned with my purpose?
2) What actions did I take during this period that are not aligned with my purpose?
3) How do I feel about the actions I have taken?
4) What action will I  take from what I have learned in this exercise?

Meditation (Sitting Practice), What is it?

1) Sitting is simple, and because of that it can be difficult to do.
2) Although it is very tempting to keep judging ourselves (“I’m doing this wrong”), there is no “wrong way” if you are sincere.
3) Sitting is a practice in  simply observing & accepting without judging, whatever is going on in our thoughts, right now.
4) You do not have to “believe” in anything to do meditation – it does not exclude (or include) any religion.

How To Do It:

1) Sit up straight in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.

2) Either close your eyes, or gaze (unfocused) at a spot on the floor 6-8 feet in front of you.

3) Bring all your attention and awareness to your breath – either in your abdomen, which rises and falls as you breathe, or at the tip of your nostrils, where the air enters and leaves your nose. Select the area that is most felt by you. Do not change your breathing – simply begin to observe and follow it. Do not change areas of attention.

4) You can, if you wish, say quietly to yourself “in” when you inhale, and “out” when you exhale. Between breaths, bring your attention to the points where your body     touches the chair, where your feet touch the floor. If something is happening in your body, notice (but don’t judge) it.

5) Focus all your attention on your breath. If you find your attention wandering, simply say “thinking” to yourself, and bring your attention back to your breathing. You may wish to label these thoughts as “planning,” remembering,” “dreaming,” and so on; or you may simply use the word “thinking” if you wish. If you begin judging or blaming yourself simply say “thinking,” or “judging” and gently return your attention once again to your breathing.

6) Acknowledge any sensations in your body by saying “sensation” and return your attention to your breathing. Do the same with any emotions or feelings that may occur.

7) That’s it!


*courtesy New Ventures West