The notion of distancing yourself from self – seeing yourself as an object to free yourself from pain or suffering, always struck me interesting. I can imagine myself as something else and how that might feel – and I can imagine what it might feel like to interact with me (how much force do my muscles exert upon an external object for example, or how my fingers might feel to someone else whose fingers mesh with mine — an awareness of not wanting to cause pain) – .. and even how much gravity I might exert upon objects – what does this chair feel like with me sitting upon it if this chair could feel pain, that sort of thing. For absence, sitting by a river noticing the river and the wind and then what it’s like when you’re not sitting by the river meditation has always been powerful; yet that seeing-self-as-object is one I think is more of a struggle. I can ‘relate to’ or ‘be related to’ but as a disconnected object, I don’t know.

The notion of distancing yourself from self – seeing yourself as an object to free yourself from pain or suffering, always struck me interesting. I can imagine myself as something else and how that might feel – and I can imagine what it might feel like to interact with me (how much force do my muscles exert upon an external object for example, or how my fingers might feel to someone else whose fingers mesh with mine — an awareness of not wanting to cause pain) – .. and even how much gravity I might exert upon objects – what does this chair feel like with me sitting upon it if this chair could feel pain, that sort of thing. For absence, sitting by a river noticing the river and the wind and then what it’s like when you’re not sitting by the river meditation has always been powerful; yet that seeing-self-as-object is one I think is more of a struggle. I can ‘relate to’ or ‘be related to’ but as a disconnected object, I don’t know.

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