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Thought Patterns

So I’ve been observing my thought patterns recently because I’m ded clever, and I’ve come up with four core states.

  1. Active
    • You as you perceive your conscious self. The active voice in your head, passing from thought to thought.
  2. Emerging
    • The invisible you. Thoughts will pass from below, to your active. And you’ll start running with this new thread idly without questioning it’s origin. More on witnessing this behaviour in the exercise below.
  3. Observed
    • Mindfulness/meditation -through practice you get to observe the emerging  thoughts seamlessly become active ones.
  4. Objective
    • As in, a short term target you’d like to achieve. “How can I move the CCTV camera to catch more estate”. You have a question [objective] and now you’re going to ponder the solution with active thought.

Now this is arguably an insane over simplification. The first iteration of this post include descriptions much more verbose, but they got tangled up, as this isn’t all exactly a science. The best way to absorb what I’m saying is to observe the patterns yourself, so I propose the following exercise:

  1. The objective is to observe the mind move between states, active and emerging.
  2. Set your timer for 5 minutes.
  3. Get in a comfortable position.
  4. Close your eyes and visualise a pint glass turned upside down.
  5. When you breath out, the inside of the glass fogs up from your breath.
  6. When you breath in, the glass clears.
  7. The is your active thought cycle, visualising the glass clear and fog over and over.
  8. Observe how your minds starts to wonder with emerging thoughts, as soon as you catch this, discard the wandering thought and return back to the glass and fogging with your breath.
  9. Repeat the cycle of catching emerging thoughts and returning back to the glass until time is up.

What I find most interesting about this process is the observation of emerging thoughts being passed into active thought transparently. What do I mean by transparently?

You’re focusing on the breath, and the fogging of the glass. A few short moments later you’re thinking about something that has happened that day. You never decided to change this track of thought. It’s just when you remember to observe your thought, you notice that you’re thinking of something other than the glass. When was that switch made? Define the line between your choice to concentrate on the glass, and the moment your thoughts wondered.

Your thoughts, outside of your control are moving focus from one thing to another. It’s pretty cool if you think about, and you can, using the 5 minute exercise above.

At another point in time I may venture into another benefit of this kind of thinking, and it’s the power of parking that wondering thought but still getting the benefits from it’s initial ponder. Again it goes into certain depth and would be clearer in it’s own post, so I’ll save it for another time.

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