I have a book called "Beginning Mindfulness". About 3 chapters ahead of me is a chapter called "Objects of Mind". I am going slowly through it because it is a program for mindfulness. So I am not familiar yet with what is meant by this.
Your suggestion sounds like a combination of CBT with Mindfulness, which is what many people use. (Or, otherwise it reminds me a little of how Stabilising Meditation is combined with Analytical meditation -although I am not so sure about this) It is like you are picking thoughts to look out for (as with CBT) and then following through on these with Mindfulness.
To me, much of my trouble is with just being aware of the unconscious/reflexive thoughts and feelings that I have. And this is a big reason why I like practising Mindful awareness of the present moment -so that I can keep up with my racing (unconscious) mind. This is at least, if not more, of value to me than knowing what thoughts I have that are harming me. I think that more than anything, it is overall emotional reactivity that causes me suffering.
If you take a look at http://www.mindfulrecovery.com
, the Treatment section there involves a person meditating to 'see themselves in' a feared situation and to bring to mind their 'maladjusted coping modes' -ways a person has of reacting to try to combat their fear etc- Then the person switches to Mindfulness (stabilising meditation) of the breath.
Here is the relevant section from http://www.mindfulrecovery.com..
"Mindful-Relinquishment of Maladjusted Coping Modes
Important Note: Mindful Exposure to the Present is the relinquishment of maladjusted coping modes. However this application identifies specific over-compensations or avoidances and reinforces their relinquishment.
You will focus on one or more of your overcompensation modes in the effort to unseat them. Maladjusted over-compensations are insidious, habitual and reactive. By focusing your full attention to the contemplation of the maladjusted mode, you expose it. The exposure undermines its sway over you.
Instruction: Sit upright. Cast your gaze toward the ground about 4-5 feet in front of you. Begin breathing steadily. Gently still your body without allowing yourself to become rigid.
Then, trigger your maladjusted coping mode by thinking about an issue, situation, event, or person that characteristically leaves you upset or worried. Then get a strong picture of your over-compensatory behavior like Being Judgmental, Being Right, Being Seductive, Being Impressive, Getting Back or Being Worried. Use all means necessary to keep the image of the compensatory mode in your mind. Focus on the mode as you continue to breathe steadily. If you Seek Acceptance, focus fully on the behavior; if you Seek to Be Exceptional, see yourself seeking to be exceptional; if you rely on Being Judgmental, recall the behavior and the feelings associated with being judgmental. You will reactively experience what it is like to not use your maladjusted coping reaction. This will result in the therapeutic exposure of the emotional wound that generally drives the maladjusted mode. Allow yourself to respond emotionally. Tolerate your discomfort, accepting your experience completely.
Intermittently cease the contemplation of your maladjusted coping mode, shifting your full attention on to your breath and sensory experience. Suspend all thoughts and imaginings as you focus on your physical presence, releasing mental and physical tension."
Anyhow, I would love to be able to say more, however, I am very much still learning about what Mindfulness is, stabilising vs analytical meditations, etc.... There is a fair bit to learn and to do.
Your idea sounds interesting. Thanks for posting it up.