Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:31 pm
The same. And this reminded me of something about thoughts you said early on - how do you know they are yours? Like sound, sight etc. how can I actually know that they originate inside my head? I can't, not really. Not in direct experience only. We are just so familiar with the 'sensation' of thought and recognise it immediately.Good observation. What about seeing or tasting?
I don't think so. Awaring is happening the whole time I am awake. There isn't something separate from it than can say, right, let's not be aware of anything for a while. If the eyes are open then seeing happens. Even some seeing of light/dark happens when they are closed. Hearing happens. If we are breathing through the nose, smelling happens and so on. However, it is not necessary for everything in awareness to be given equal attention - it seems that either attention is just pulled somewhere (for example, a sudden loud sound, something moving in an otherwise still space and so on). Sometimes it seems like 'I choose' to put attention more on one thing than another - e.g. on my work, on this screen and the typing now, on a particular bird, on the cat - and thoughts arise about the thing that more attention is on. But we've also seen that choosing isn't quite what it seems - it happens, there's a moment of choice that just happens amongst all of the thoughts and reasoning and 'I' thoughts. I'm not entirely sure what 'attention' is. For seeing, it can be that the eyes are directed towards and focused on a particular thing. But it can't be about where the sense organ is directed - you can be looking right at something but your mind is on something else (on thoughts, or sound or taste). In sound you can have your attention on something someone is saying instead of on, say, music that is playing. It seems to be about what part of the sensory experience the mind is engaged with. Often it seems like we have a choice about what the mind is engaged with, or control over it, but much of the time we don't. Say I sit down to work - you could say that I choose to engage with the work, but it just follows. Until it doesn't and I'm distracted. Then an apparent 'choice' is made to concentrate on the work again, or to go and take a break.Then.... what is aware?
Is there a something needed to be aware?