It is the thoughts which connect the different sensations and thoughts in the causal effect perspective.Great…so does a thought cause a sensation? Does a sensation cause a thought? Or it is only thought that suggests one causes another?
It is very difficult/impossible for me to stay with closed eyes for more than 30 seconds. The only way I discovered to stay longer is when experiencing the AE of the sensations of the body. But then there are no thoughts.Here is a step-by-step description of how to look at thoughts. First thing is to sit for at least 10-15 minutes quietly somewhere, several times throughout your day. Close the eyes and just notice thoughts. Don’t engage with any thought, just notice them.
Looking for the gap is a way to slow the thoughts, as the objective of this exercise is to observe each and every thought as it arises and subsides.
1. Notice the current thought that is present.
Like when you sit observing the body, a thought might arise “this is my feet” or “here is a pain” or “my breathing is too quick” or “I am bored with this exercise” or “I have better things to do” or any sorts of thoughts.
2. This thought will pass and another thought will come. So just observe this thought passing.
3. Then wait for the next thought to come.
4. When the next thought is present, just notice it, and see how it passes.
5. Then wait for the next thought to come.
6. Repeat #4 and #5 many-many times.
Between the 2 thoughts there is a gap. It can be very short or subtle, just a second or a few seconds before the next thought come in.
This is how to look at thoughts.
Looking how they come and go.
And observing the short gap between them.
Noticing how the current thought is passing.
And waiting for the next thought to come.
Please do the following exercise:
Throughout your waking day, try to observe the gap between thoughts as often as possible. It can be done by noticing that ‘thinking’ is happening right now, then stop and just simply wait for the next thought to come. In the ‘waiting’ there is a gap between two thoughts.
Let me know how you go.
This is a very, very difficult exercise. I have never imagined that it is such a flow of thoughts floating around. Actually, I am living in my thoughts. The body can not make a difference what is imaginary and what is real - real I mean the constructed image from the input of the senses. Actually, what is the AE of thought? The reaction of the body?
In the first days, it was impossible to notice/look at the thoughts. From yesterday I succeeded sometimes to see/feel the gap. I need much more time to practice.
No, I can not find a thinker.Can a thinker of thought be found between the gaps?