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