If you were the doer or creator your thoughts, then you should know very clearly how you create a thought step-by-step.
But do? Do you know the step-by-step process of creating thoughts?
Or you just notice thoughts when there are ALREADY there?
Here is an exercise that you help seeing this.
Sit down, close your eyes, and think of a car.
How does the visual thought of a car arrive? Is it your doing?
What do you do EXACTLY for an image of a car to appear?
How do you make that happen?
Is there a storage place somewhere hidden where all the visual thoughts of cars are stored, and you go there and you choose and pick which one do you want to think of?
If not, how does that particular car appear from all the possible cars that could have appeared? What do you do EXACTLY to make that happen?
Are you the chooser of the color?
What do you do EXACTLY to the car to be a certain color?
Do you make the color to happen?
And what about its size and brand? Is the size and the brand your doing?
Are you doing anything at all, or you just notice it when its ALREADY there?
Can you observe a mind, or an I, or a self creating the image of a car?
It’s good to have a designated time for doing the inquiry, but it’s also important (if not more important) to incorporate looking into your daily life.This happens when I use a short break in the morning to do this inquiry (I am alone in a quite place and I can focus better). The rest of the day it's more difficult to see this (working, walking..etc).
So every time when you notice that if feels like that “I am thinking”, then stop for a moment, and ask:
Is it done, or noticed? – and then look.
It’s OK if each of these looking lasts only for 10 seconds. The frequency of looking is more important than how much time is spent in total in looking.