Thoughts Continue to Come

by Friends of Godwin

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From the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep thought continues. And even when we go to sleep the dreams we have can be seen as a continuation of our thoughts. So this continuity of thoughts is what happens in everyday life. And what happens to you when you are meditating? Is there any difference?

In everyday life we are unable to live in the present, but when meditating we have moments where we can be in the present. That is the only difference. So you see how important it is to learn about thoughts, to make discoveries about thought. From the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep thought continues. And even when we go to sleep the dreams we have can be seen as a continuation of our thoughts. So this continuity of thoughts is what happens in everyday life. And what happens to you when you are meditating? Is there any difference?

In everyday life we are unable to live in the present, but when meditating we have moments where we can be in the present
– that is the only difference. So you see how important it is to learn about thoughts, to make discoveries about them, because they are there most of the time.

Now one interesting discovery meditators make is that when they try to focus on breathing, the thoughts continue to come. Do you want the thoughts you are having right now to come? What does this show about our thoughts?

They are just coming. They come mechanically, habitually, repetitively throughout the day; whether you are meditating or not there is no difference. This is a very interesting and important discovery, to realise that they just arise mechanically and habitually. And then what do we do? Do we allow them to just come and go?

We react to the thoughts in some way. And this reaction is mostly about giving plusses and minuses to the thoughts. This is a very important experience for you, to realise what is happening when thoughts are coming and going.

And this process of reacting is how thoughts are related to emotions. One thing we could try to do is to see how far we can allow them to come and go on their way without reacting to them. If you can do that there is no need to stop thoughts, to get rid of them, or get angry with them. You will reach a stage in which whether there are thoughts or not makes no difference because the mind is not reacting.

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