“The first act of spiritual practice is simply “awareness.” Tune into thoughts and feelings. Observe. Witness. Get to know the content of consciousness: our fears, assumptions/beliefs, and emotional reactions. The first act is to turn out attention away from the world to our own subjective experience.
That doesn’t mean that our attention won’t ever come back, that we will become a zombie meditating in a cave in the Himalayas. Our attention can move back outward once we have fully witnessed our own subjective experience. Once we know how we created happiness or suffering in our own heart/mind, then we can be helpful to the world. We can help others see where meaningful change originates. But we can’t do that as long as we are living our lives in reaction to the thoughts and feelings of others. We can’t help others until we learn to help ourselves.”
Paul Ferrini, in “The Ecstatic Moment”
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