My apologies…it seems my language is not clear.There is no thought, simply quiet when a gap has been reached, a space, some seem longer than others. I did notice that the "mind" does not seem to feel comfortable with the gap at times and so another thought follows...And if you look closely, without thought, how is it known that a gap has been reached?
Without thought saying that there is a gap between thoughts, how exactly would it be known that a gap has been reached?
Yes…wonderful! Nice observing! So what you noticed in this exercise will help you with the next exercise. You will have to observe thought very carefully again, to be able to respond to the questions from a place of careful observation and not from a place of thinking! Please answer each question individually.When I was really "watching" thoughts felt very odd they would come and go out of nowhere, made up in each moment... Sometimes they seemed to follow a certain subject line and at other times random thoughts popped in...Huh..So, sit quietly and observe thought and also observe thoughts throughout your waking day. To observe each and every thought, 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 which seemingly denotes an ending of one thought and the beginning of another. So noticing the gap helps you to see each thought as it appears.
Let me know how you go.
Sit quietly for about 30 minutes and notice the arising thoughts. Just let them appear as they appear. Try your best to COMPLETELY ignore what they are saying and just notice how they appear, without you doing anything at all.
Where are they coming from and going to?
Did you do anything to make a particular thought or thoughts appear?
Could you have done anything to make a different thought appear at that exact moment instead?
Can you predict your next thought?
Can you select from a range of thoughts to have only pleasant thoughts?
Can you choose not to have painful, negative or fearful thoughts?
Can you pick and choose any kind of thought?
Is it possible to prevent a thought from appearing?
Can you stop thinking a thought in the middle?
It seems that thought has some logical ordered appearance, but look carefully and just notice if there is an organised sequence. Or is it just another thought that says ‘these thoughts are in sequence’ or “they take content from previous thought”, or that "one thought follows another thought"?