“We are seriously cut-off from the world around us”
Countless factors can mitigate against self-observation in Western society. Charles Tart, Ph.D., noted psychologist and author of Waking Up, suggests we begin by learning to focus on seemingly trivial details such as bodily sensations. Through repeated and diligent practice of observation, he says, the process of self-observation leads us to a larger view of ourselves and our potential. This is an excerpt from a 30-minute DVD, that can be obtained at: http://www.thinkingallowed.com/2ctart.html
Dr. Charles T. Tart has been involved with research and theory in the fields of Hypnosis, Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, Parapsychology, Consciousness and Mindfulness since 1963. He has authored over a dozen books, two of which became widely-used textbooks; he has had more than 250 articles published in professional journals and books, including lead articles in such prestigious scientific journals as Science and Nature, and provides regular public speaking appearances.
As well as a laboratory researcher, Professor Tart has been a student of the Japanese martial art of Aikido (in which he holds a black belt), of meditation and other psychological and spiritual growth disciplines. Visit his regular journal (blog) for current commentary.