“Watching is the key of meditation: watch your mind. Don’t do anything – no repetition of a mantra, no repetition of the name of god – just watch whatever the mind is doing. Don’t disturb it, don’t prevent it, don’t repress it; don’t do anything at all on your part. You just be a watcher, and the miracle of watching is meditation. As you watch slowly, slowly mind becomes empty of thoughts; but you are not falling asleep, you are becoming more alert, more aware.

As the mind becomes completely empty, your whole energy becomes a flame of awakening. This flame is the result of meditation. So you can say meditation is another name of watching, witnessing, observing – without any judgement, without any evaluation. Just by watching, you immediately get out of the mind.”
From: Osho, What is Meditation.


Essential for witnessing:

no judgement

no identification

relaxed watching


Witnessing is not a technique. It is more like a knack which you can get by experimenting in a playful, nonserious way. In the beginning it seems very difficult to just watch your thoughts in a relaxed way, without identifying with them and without any judgement. Still, after a while some moments will come in which you are suddenly watching your thoughts, like you watch clouds moving in the sky… and then these moments will happen more and more.

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