I don't think I was able to do that - to notice that there's a thought, but not to notice the content. It was rather by noticing a content appearing that I knew there was a thought.Try your best to COMPLETELY ignore what they are saying and just notice how they appear without you doing anything at all.
Nowhere, they were just appearing and disappearing.Where are they coming from and going to?
No.Did you do anything to make a particular thought or thoughts appear?
No.Could you have done anything to make a different thought appear at that exact moment instead?
Somewhere around this question it started to be more difficult to follow - they all ask "can you...", therefore implying I can observe the thoughts, which always introduced another - me - thought.
No.Can you predict your next thought?
Although there was for example a thought that in one minute, there will still be thoughts about a bear - and there were. It was a kind of a prediction, though it can't be said "I predicted it".
If it's said there's only looking, hearing, feeling, tasting, smelling and thoughts arising, how can you ask about selecting, choosing, picking... any kind of doing? It all comes down to deciding and free will, which can't be directly experienced in any way.Can you select from a range of thoughts to have only pleasant thoughts?
Can you choose not to have painful, negative or fearful thoughts?
Can you pick and choose any kind of thought?
Is it possible to prevent a thought from appearing?
No.It seems that thought has some logical ordered appearance, but look carefully and just notice if there is an organised sequence?
I can't imagine how a sequence could be perceived. Even if it was a stream of thoughts/numbers going 1, 2, 3... ad infinitum, labelling it as a sequence would be just another thought.Or is that just another thought that says ‘these thoughts are in sequence’ or “they take content from previous thought”, or that ‘one thought follows another thought’?
You see there's a lot of thinking anyway. But it's impossible to answer a question such as "can you pick a thought, given that there's no you and no doing?"