OK, but you didn’t really reply to the question.V: What do you do exactly in order to think?P: The attention is on thought(s). Verbal or visual. There are only few experiences of senses available when attention is on thoughts. It is very absorbing.
The everyday belief is that “I am thinking”, “I am the thinker of my thoughts” – so this is what I’m asking you to investigate.
What do you do exactly in order to think?
If you are the thinker of thoughts, then replying to this question should be super easy.
The thing is that these points are coming from logical conclusion, and not looking at experience directly, not looking at the thinking process as it is, but rather making conclusions based on cause and effect.They just appear. I found 3 sources of the thoughts.
1. Some external sensation like a sound or something seen
2. Mind-wandering when one thought generates another one
3. Some persistent emotion which seems to repeatedly bring thoughts about previous situation typically
Let’s see what happens here.1. Some external sensation like a sound or something seen
There is a sound.
Then this sound is followed by a thought.
The thought might be ABOUT the sound.
But this doesn’t mean that the thought is made by the sound.
The only thing that is actually there:
A sound, which is followed by a thought – that’s all.
But where does that thought ABOUT the sound is coming from?
Is there a storage place of thoughts, where you go to, and pick and choose the thought you want to think about the sound?
What do you do exactly for a thought about a sound to appear?
Are you sure that a thought can generate another thought?2. Mind-wandering when one thought generates another one
Can you observe a thought (literally) generating another one?
Or rather this is just a logical conclusion, based on the fact that one thought follows another?