I find it helpful and interesting to do inquiry on I am statements…..
First, a list of ideas of what I am:
I am. I am a being. I am a human being. I am a man. I am Norwegian. I am P. (And so on – any label, identity I have in the world and in my mind.)
This can continue with a list of what I think about my mind and body, how I think others see me, what this means, and why it is that way (I am… because).
What I am most afraid others will see me as, is….
Stupid. Smart. Ugly. Awkward. Uncomfortable. Arrogant. Blind.
I am stupid, and that means….
Others won’t like me. I will be lost. Alone. Despairing.
I am awkward because….
I am not comfortable with people. My parents didn’t give me the love I needed. There is something wrong with me.
And I can then take this to inquiry.