‘normal’ life

By Philip Dodson

When we enter the mind and our thoughts, then our awareness of the world around us and our own self disappears. We are in a trance.

We do not notice anything other than our thoughts, even though we might be driving a car, eating food, walking in a beautiful place, working, in a meeting, or whatever else we are doing. Even the sounds, smells, noises and so on fade away and our entire ‘reality’ becomes our thoughts. People speak, but. we do not hear them, only through the filter of our mind. Our thoughts are still the dominant focus.

So actually we miss the thing we are doing and instead our focus is on the thought and the train of thoughts that drag us along, further away from awareness and consciousness.

This can last a few seconds, a few minutes or a lot longer. In fact, intermittently, it could last an entire lifetime. If we were offered at the beginning of our life to just spend it in our heads, in our thoughts, most of which repeat, again and again, we would all decline it.

Yet, this life of thought is what is seen as ‘normal’ life.

If we see it, we can change it

If we think that we are not possessed by our mind and its ego, then observe the thoughts that immediately follow the next time that you have a thought about doing something.

Until we start to observe our thoughts, we are unaware of the destructive repeating patterns that will sabotage.

Observation of thought is an important step on the path to liberation from the mind.

If we can see it, we can change it and stop associating with it.