Witness Meditation (#42)
You have a Witness within you that can observe your mind, body, and emotions. As long as your conciousness is attached to a human body, there will be stimuli impacting you from the environment. You will react physically, mentally, and emotionally - one way more than the other two. The predominant way you react is your primary problem; you are controlled by it.
To demonstrate this, let's call a physically reactive person "Human #1", a mentally reactive person "Human #2", and an emotionally reactive person "Human #3".
If you punch Human #1 in the arm, he may punch you back. Human #2 may start to analyze the situation in a way such as "I have just been struck. I may have suffered cellular damage. Perhaps I should run away." Human #3, when punched, may simply start crying. Everyone is either Human #1, #2, or #3. One is neither better nor worse than another; each one is a slave to reaction and suffers because of it.
If you can quiet your mind, which will happen with meditation, your Witness can see in which way you are predominantly reactive. This will be the start of gaining inner freedom. Ultimately you will gain control of that primary controlling aspect and strengthen the other two until all are equally strong. You will then be a well-balanced, self-controlling person, able to act and not just react. This is Human #4.
It all starts with knowing your Witness and this can start now. As you read this, be concious of your body; is there any unnecessary tension? Check your feet, legs, torso, arms, neck, head; are you using any unnecessary muscles? Command them to relax - they will. Now be conscious of your emotions; witness them now; are you happy, sad, joyous, depressed, feeling, or non-feeling? What is your intellect doing now? Are you fantasizing about something? Are you judging or comparing anything?
Witness without comment, passion, or any reactivity. Simply witness. There is a conciousness looking out of your eyes, listening with your ears, smelling with your nose, tasting with your tongue, and feeling with your skin. It is aware of your emotions and mentation. Merge with this Conscious Witness. It is your Real Self. Know your Self, and know true infinite freedom, transcendent of mind, body, and emotions, which are all finite.