I can watch my own thoughts come and go, rise and fall; but I can also point at ‘big thoughts’, ‘big concepts’ that have captured me for most of my life or years, months of my time.
Coming to a new understanding of myself is usually a process of daily work, like learning how to use a new piece of equipment or training a puppy.
One day we wake up and say ‘Now I’ve got it!’, but it’s really the result of day by day practice.
A concept or way of seeing or being may have captured our minds and colored our life in a way we did not like.
Then because we have practiced day after day, one day we step outside of that bubble of thought. We are outside of it and can look at it like a small balloon. It has lost its power over us.