Here is an exercise for you.
Take note of exactly what is being experienced in this moment.
Notice all sound, all sensation, all smell, all taste, all colour.
Notice how you're making absolutely no effort to be aware of them.
And notice that you're not making them happen. You're not conducting the orchestra of experience that you're aware of.
And notice that thought is exactly the same as the rest of experience.
You're effortlessly aware of it, but you're not orchestrating it.
You're not even orchestrating the thoughts which say that you're able to orchestrate thoughts.
Look at this several times before replying.
Let me know what you find.
I’m travelling again this week and I took the train early in the morning for a 3 hrs trip. During this time I tried to do the exercise taking notice what is being experienced in the moment and notice the thoughts. Shortly after I started I got caught in an negative feeling by focusing my attention on someone on the behind seat typing his computer keys in a very loud manner..at least this is what the thought was telling me. So I could see that it is just a thought that labels this situation but I could not disidentify with the “me” that was not happy and was disturbed by the noise. So I stopped the exercise there.
Tonight I went to have dinner at my hotel’s restaurant and it was the nice place /time for me to redo my exercise. The restaurant was quite noisy (a good thing 😊) and I was in a calm small table. Here is what I experienced :
When I’m focusing on what is happening in the moment, like listening to the sounds, seeing the movements, feeling the body sensations etc, then there is a kind of expectation created to see what happens out of the exercise which actually blocks the whole thing and creates also a feeling of a contraction felt in center of the chest.
When on the other side I’m focusing on looking only at the thoughts arising in the present moment then there is a silence noticed and in the same time there is a clear noticing of all that is going on around, the sounds of the people talking, the feelings in the body, tasting, seeing etc.
The present moment is choiceless (those are the words that came up), what I want to say by that is that things are happening/unfolding without any one being there to decide about what should happen, the order of how things should happen, what is good or bad, nice of not nice etc etc, in other words it is what it is.
What is experienced in the moment is completely neutral, there is not any label added. When there are thoughts then they are labeling what is experienced.
When there are not thoughts there is an expansion, it is like being at all experiences at the same time, listening, seeing, tasting, feeling. When there are thoughts there is a contraction and mainly it feels like I’m in the head area.
So the more I was on my senses the less I was in thoughts and vise versa.