One way of becoming familiar with the nature of mind, is to bring the attention to something that is indesputably here now… It could be the breath, the weight of the body, the posture, facial expression, tone of voice, sensations, sounds, smells, taste.
This shifts the center of gravity from the content of the experiences (thoughts, emotions, sensations) to the process of experiencing – and that which is experiencing. And this is the empty, spacious awareness – the “me” beyond the self and personality.
It emphasizes a distinction between the subject and the object, which may be neccesary to awaken to the nature of mind (from here it can unfold into a sense of no separation between subject/object – both are just two aspects of Existence manifesting).
This technique is used in many approaches, including sitting meditation and meditation in movement (Breema, yoga, tai chi, chi gong, etc).