Good Morning Stacy,
So, first, here is a Pop Quiz:
What is the Actual Experience of emotions, any emotion?
DE + Content of Thought, but in reality just the DE.
What else is there involved that is *not* AE?
Content of Thought
What is the Actual Experience of "body?"
DE: Taste, smell, hearing, Feeling (touch), Seeing, Thought arising
What else is there which is *not* Actual experience?
Content of Thoughts
Just want to be sure you are clear on those before we proceed.
Next, here is a thought exercise. Sit quietly for about 30 minutes and notice the arising thoughts.
Just let them appear as they appear. Try your best to COMPLETELY ignore what they are saying and just notice how they appear without you doing anything at all.
Where are they coming from and going to?
I don't know.
Did you do anything to make a particular thought or thoughts appear?
Could you have done anything to make a different thought appear at that exact moment instead?
Can you predict your next thought?
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?
It seems that thought has some logical ordered appearance, but look carefully and just notice if there is an organised sequence? 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’?
I had such a lovely walk this morning. Rain just happening..
Much love Ken