Eckhart Tolle talked about the mind being a tool we used when we needed it and then put it away just like a hammer or scissors. People say you are not your mind, they also say be the the observer of life. People talk about forgiveness being the answer. All are true. Depends on the perspective.
Being the observer is consciousness. Awareness is consciousness. Enlightenment is consciousness most of the time, let’s say 70 % or more, always being conscious would be near perfect in every way. And, well we are still part human which means thats not really possible. I love the statement, I am perfectly perfect in my imperfection.
I am not going to tell you this observer of life thing is easy, far from it. Awareness takes practice. Being conscious during the chaos and whirlwind that life often is in 2018, can be difficult. Osho talks about how easy it is to be enlightened when you are sitting on top of a mountain alone, but the real test of your awareness/consciousness will be at work or at home, in the middle of screaming kids, phone ringing, that will be the real test of your consciousness. Will you allow people, places and things to drag you out of your happy place, your position of the constant observer.
You will be very surprised at the feelings you get, emotions that come up, the information you may receive through your senses as you take in what someone is saying. When you are the observer, the listener and the pause. A combination that can bring you a clarity in situations that you never thought possible. It is a clarity that can bring you an understanding of what the person means even though their words may not match the impressions you are getting.
“When all activity has ceased and you simply are, just to be, that’s what meditation is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it, you have only to understand it. And whenever you can find time to just be, and drop all doing –thinking is also doing, concentration is also doing, contemplation is also doing– even for a single moment if you are not doing anything and you are just at your center, utterly relaxed, that is meditation. And once you have got the knack of it you can remain in that state as long as you want.” — Osho