Surfing channels

“A human being is like a television set with millions of channels…. We cannot let just one channel dominate us. We have the seed of everything in us, and we have to recover our own sovereignty. 
Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author
Investigate "What is happening" to choose the channel where you want to focus
Investigate “What is happening” to choose the channel where you want to focus

Human beings spend a lot of time fretting, regretting and should-ing.  At any given moment, our brain acts like a television set with channels worry about the future, ruminate about the past, and fight the present. We serve ourselves well to investigate “What is happening” in our brain so we can choose the channel we want to place our vivid focus.


  • Sit quietly for one minute as you allow your inner commentary (i.e., the thoughts, emotions, judgments, etc. in your brain) to enter into your awareness.
  • Breathe slowly as you welcome the appearance of each thought or feeling or urge or sensation… noticing each “channel” as if you’ve never observed them before.
  • Breathe deeply as you allow them to become clear and distinct as you observe them through your attentive mind.
  • Smile gently to yourself in appreciation for your awareness of the channel(s ) you are watching right now.
  • If appropriate, feel free to “switch channels” to something you would prefer to watch… because what we attend to grows!
© Copyright 2014 Maria Hunt, Ph.D.

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