Our human brains are amazing!
We have the ability to think about our ability to think! An awareness of our awareness! We can take an observer's view of our experiences — like a movie.
Though research of our brain's full potential is in its infancy, one skill we can begin practicing given our awareness of our thoughts and feelings is to step away from them — to not be bound up by them as though they author who we are. We have thoughts and feelings, we are not our thoughts and feelings. Our brains have the capacity to distinguish our feelings and thoughts as separate from our Self — through this awareness we're able to choose how our thoughts and feelings affect us.
In addition, we're not responsible for the feelings and thoughts of others, nor are we able to make anyone else feel what we want them to — they have their feelings based on their interpretation of experiences. The reverse is that no one else is responsible for our feelings and no one can make us feel or think anything — we have our thoughts and feelings based on our interpretation of experiences.
While recognizing that we are more than our thoughts and feelings and that our exteriors exhibit something incomplete, we begin to realize the same is true for others. It's through the awareness of our Self as separate from our thoughts, feelings and experiences that we foster more authentic, compassionate and fulfilling relationships.
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