Take a few moments out of your life, wander out on a limb and notice what happens when you think. Do you ever stop? Have you ever tried to stopped thinking? Eastern philosophy says that it takes discipline to do so -- in the form of meditation -- when the thoughts enter, you immediately release them and let them go -- thereby staying in the moment. What does that mean??? Does thinking involve moving in and out of time segments rather than staying in the moment? What do you notice about your thinking patterns?
What sorts of things do you think about? Are thoughts like branches -- they sprout out from a central spot and then grow out to the limits and then stop or are they like roads -- taking us places and never ending -- traveling the distance. What types of thinking can one do? Critical thinking? Self-reflective thinking? Creative Thinking? Analytical thinking? Rudimentary thinking? What happens when you think too much? What happens if you can't seem to think? How long can you go without thinking? Does thinking have to be coherant? Does it have to arrive at a conclusion or can it simply wander aimlessly -- meandering through time and place?
Where does your mind take you?
Is your thinking a cadillac or a ferrari, a volkswagon or a hearse?
Is it blue in tone or red hot?
Does it stop and start or does it loop continuously?
How much can our thinking be controlled?
How do thinking and intution differ?
Do you censor your thinking?
Have you ever wondered...
what people who do routine jobs think about as they're doing them?
- farmers out in the field
- late night janitors
- the sick and lonely patients in a hospital room
- old folks in a nursing home who have not had visitors for years
- a homeless man without friends
- child walking home from school alone
- monk in a monastery
- writer with writer's block
- estranged married couple silently eating in a restaurant never exchanging a word
What are your thoughts?