Dont let anyone tell you that you should stop your
thoughts because they interrupt the silence. Dont let them sell you that snake oil.
It is a trap to sell you what doesnt work. Once you fall for this lie, you will jump
from the cauldron to fall into the fire. The worst part about that scheme is that it is
true. Thought itself causes much of the problems in our lives. Thought clogs the mind.
Thought leads us stray. Thought keeps us in bondage, and causes the mind to lose clarity.
The problem is that when someone tells you this, you thought goes into overdrive, either
trying to disprove or dismiss the idea, or trying to accomplish what it cannot do. Thought
cannot stop thought. Thought is a wild stampede. Your will to stop it is but a grass leaf
in its path.
There are parts of your system, of your radio, however, that are not thinking. By trying
to think about stopping your thoughts, or by trying to stop them, you simply send more
energy to the circuit in charge of thought. Instead, just send the energy somewhere else.
Let thought be. Move. Sing. Look. Orgasm. Die.
Sorry for bringing this up.
One way to attune to a no thought
zone is to put your normal thought sequence to a task that is non-intellectual but highly
complex. For instance, you can do a series of postures and movements which require much
attention, and these movements become more complex as you learn them so that you have to
pay attention to more and more detail. This makes the part of your mind usually used in
thought occupy itself with a different task: a motor task. Once its there for a
while, the mechanical thought wont be there doing what it always does. Of course,
thought might still be there making you think that you are not thinking.