Meta Awareness

I’ve heard Dan Harris, the author of 10% Happier, explain what Mindfulness Meditation is many times in his podcast. He usually begins his explanation by saying that mindfulness meditation is the practice of cultivating meta-awareness. I like his explanation a lot. Here is what I captured from listening to him in the episode 194 of his podcast. This is my attempt to capture and respectfully transcribe his ideas, but please be advised that what follows is not a word-by-word transcription of what he said.

Mindfulness meditation is the cultivation of meta-awareness, the knowing that you know, the knowing that you are thinking. As a species, we are classified as homo sapiens sapiens, the one who thinks and knows he or she thinks. And the knowing that you have thoughts all the time — these random, discursive, mostly negative, always self-referential thoughts — allows you not to be owned by them. Knowing that you know is what separates humans from other animals, but most humans don’t know that they know. Most humans have not been trained to observe, notice, and become aware of their thoughts and emotions. They are yanked around… we are yanked around by this malevolent puppeteer of our ego, of our discursive thought process. A thought comes into our minds like a little dictator and we just do what the thought commands, even when doing it is detrimental to us. There’s no buffer between the stimulus and our reaction. Meditation is about building that buffer. One of the greatest benefits I see of mindfulness meditation is that by practicing it I am less likely to be yanked around and owned by my neurotic obsessions.


Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect and write, and who not only aspires to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He leads mindfulness silent retreats and organizes Silent Peace Walks. He lives in Florida, USA. Join his Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness Living sessions at Yoga Source in Coral Springs (Sundays at 9:00 AM) and at Shiwa Yoga in Deerfield Beach (Thursdays at 6:30 AM and 12:30 PM)


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