This already helps me a lot. And I conveniently have a tea in front of me, so I'm ready.What you are missing is that you don’t see clearly the difference between thoughts (imagination) and experience (reality). So we are going to focus on this for a while. Do you drink coffee or tea? Next time when you drink it, please investigate what is the difference between thinking about coffee and experiencing the coffee.
Yes. I can simply look at it for some time (before a thought comes in).Is it possible to look at the coffee without thinking “this is a coffee, and I’m going to drink it”? Is it possible to EXPERIENCE it only by looking at it and SEEING it without thinking about it?
Yes, I can also feel the warmth for a time.And when you take a sip, is it possible to just FEEL the warmth of it, without analysing and thinking why it’s warm, and how long will it stay warm?
Yes, I can also experience the taste.And is it possible just to experience the TASTE of it, without analysing it, or thinking how bitter it is, or whether it needs some sweetener or not?
Yes, I can experience the smell.Is it possible to EXPERIENCE the SMELL of the coffee, without thinking “this smell reminds me of his or that”?
Yes. I have done all the steps in reality.I would like to ask you to really try this out in reality, and not just think it through. In other words, not just think about it.
Thoughts definitely came, but it was possible to go back to the experiencing.But of course, thoughts about it might happen! But that’s all right. You just ignore the thoughts, and you turn your attention to experiencing.
This difference is the basis of our investigation.
You cannot experience (see, feel, taste, smell) the coffee by thinking. You literally have to experience it.
The difference between thinking and experiencing is crystal clear now.Do you see clearly the difference between thinking and experiencing?
I have experimented with a number of other things, and I found the same as with the tea. It was possible to experience all five senses (also hearing). Thoughts came and went, and then I went back to the experience.Please experiment with other things as well. Like having dinner, or washing your hands, or looking at a plant.
Let me know what you find.