Are you the mind, or are you aware of the mind?
What is mind? Mind is a word used to describe thoughts, images, memories.
Are you aware of those thoughts, images, memories?
We must say yes. There is never a time when you are not aware of those. There is never a time when you ARE those, yes?
So no matter what is going on with thought - you are simply aware of it. If there is a reaction to a thought, that reaction is another thought, yes? If there is a resistance to a thought, that resistance is another thought.
So really all that is happening, is thought, followed by more thought, that you are aware of.
That means, you are that which is aware of thought. And no matter what the content or quality of thought is, you are aware of it.
Does it ever affect you? What is the best or worst thought that could possibly happen? What if that thought comes? Does it affect you? How? The affect would either be an enjoyment or resistance to the thought. That enjoyment or resistance would be another thought. Still you are only aware of these. So where is the effect to you?
So right now, we can say with certainty that what you are is that which remains aware of thought, without BEING thought, without being affected by thought. Just notice this with certainty. Just watch and see that this is always the case. If there is some suffering, notice that it is always thought. And see if what-you-are is actually affected by it, ever.