Great :) Yes, the body knows...I found the second one truer. I could sense more of a disconnect with the first one and felt less in the flow.
Without labels is pure sensation. It feels wholesome. Labels create a sense of separation from the view of me. ‘ Me’ or I seems to get in the way.
I felt more peaceful with the second exercise. It forced me to address immediate experience without a need to own it.
Maybe you will make these joyful experiments a habit ...Thank you. Enjoyed this one
Lets have a look how the mind works:
Look at the mind as an automatic labeling machine, a narrator without an on-off switch. Its purpose is to name what the senses perceive, to label feelings, and to narrate the story.
Sit for a couple of minutes, relax, slow gentle breathing, close your eyes, calm down.
Then open your eyes and look around you. Notice how thoughts spring up and label objects, tell a story about things, how they got there, without you having any control over them.
Thoughts are just that—labels that point to things, senses or ideas. Don’t pay much attention to content, but observe how the labeling mechanism works.
Close your eyes again: A sound is heard and thoughts describe what happened. A tingling sensation comes and thoughts label it. Just pay attention to how something is experienced and then labeled immediately afterward.
How is this for you? Can you see how everything runs on automatic?
Look and have fun with it :)