There was no apparent thing that was considering the options.Please put some chocolate (or something you think you shouldn’t eat or drink) in front of you. Look at it. Inspect it closely. Smell its delicious fragrance. And pay attention to emerging desire to eat it.
When the desire is there, pay close attention to the thought process.
See how thoughts list pros and cons why you should or shouldn’t eat the chocolate.
These opposing thoughts might even try to argue or convince each other what to decide.
What is it that is considering these options?
I used Belgian Truffles for this exercise :) When I smelled it, thoughts arose something like:
"smells good, I haven't smelled this before"
"Its ok to eat it now, I didn't eat this lately"
There were no pros and cons thoughts. Only this justification thought.
There was an 'approval thought' saying "It is ok to eat it this time". Looking closely, there wasn't anything doing the approval. It is just that thought arising.Is there anything that is listing the pros and cons, or only just thoughts appear about pros and cons? – look very carefully.
I noticed the thought "It's ok to eat this time" This is just a thought about the decision to eat it. Couldn't find what made it to appear.Now, make a decision, but whatever you decide, don’t eat the chocolate (yet). Rather just pay very close attention when the decision is made. Particularly pay attention to thoughts, as the decision is made.
Let’s say a thought appear: “I decided not to eat the chocolate”
So the thought about the decision just appeared. What made that thought to appear?
No, I couldn't find who/what made the decision to eat it. Only that thought became known.Can you find the thing that made that decision, apart from the presence of the thought about the decision?
Decision just arrived just as any other thought popping up.How exactly the decision is made?
The body performed the action; hand took the chocolate and moved it to the mouth and the mouth worked to chew it and swallow it. Tongue felt the taste and texture sensations. Sensations felt all the way during the action.Now, act according to the decision. (Either eat or don’t eat the chocolate.)
What is it that performed the chosen action?
Another thought came "eat another" followed by "not today" ):
Thank you for the interesting exercise. I looked at these aspects when I was eating other things throughout the day.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, Vivien. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day for us in US. I give million thanks to you with all my gratitude for pointing me towards the Truth. Its unraveling slowly but surely.