Free from Thought (when you choose to be)

Why would anyone want to be free from thought?

Quite simply, because thought is the source of ALL your pain and suffering. So unless you are masochistic by nature and like to suffer – actually fairly common from what I have observed, although admittedly unconsciously as I don’t think any sane person would consciously choose to suffer – it seems logical to me that you would choose to aleviate yourself of the cause of pain.

I’m not talking about thought in terms of the skills you have learnt or useful knowledge to perform tasks, but about psychological knowledge which constitutes your world view, opinions and beliefs (memory).

Not sure what the heck I’m talking about or what that actually means? Okay, so just sit in a comfortable position for a moment, take a few deep breaths and consciously relax your body. Now consciously relax your mind while still breathing deeply and slowly become more and more relaxed…

Negate all thought, even if just for a few seconds and while your mind is free of thought, albeit for a brief moment, be aware of the feelings and sensations.

Is there pain? Suffering? Anguish, worry, fear…? Judgement, criticism, complaint…?

Is there peace, harmony, tranquility? An absence of need, want or desire?

Is anything important?

That’s what I’m talking about. Regardless of whether or not it is possible to remain in such a state for any significant length of time, I consciously and clearly desire to be there.

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory” Albert Schweitzer

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind” Lionel Hampton

“People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past of furture except as memory or anticipation in your mind” Eckhart Tolle



“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” Confucius

When your mind is truly silent, you are left with only your senses through which to perceive life. You are once again a small child, connected to your body and “thinking” with all and every one of your trillions of cells, rather than just those found in the grey matter between your ears.

This is not a forced, deliberate silence, but a silence that comes from just letting go. That is, seeing the stupidity and harm of wayward thinking and deliberately negating it all.

It’s a place void of the desire, demand and conflict that represents our habitual thinking and that energises more of the same. You are responding to life, rather than reacting.

There is no need or want, but a curiosity and wonder about what is and a healthy sensitivity towards your body’s needs. There is a physical aliveness and a sense that this is what is real; this is reality as it is, unadulterated.

This is truly the end of suffering and demonstrates with crystal clarity that uncontrolled thinking is the source of all our woes. The sense of freedom and peace that flows over you is incomparable.

Don’t think twice, or even once! See random thought for what it is and see clearly the suffering it creates. Know this is so and, therefore, determine to drop it completely. To simply refuse to give it any attention or energy. Silence will be the consequence, rather than the goal. Now enjoy…


“My Mind is like a bad neighbourhood, I don’t like to go there alone!” Anne Lamott