What are you thinking?
Quick, take a screenshot of it… before you think about thinking and change the thought by doing that!
Did you capture it?
“The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature, then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance.”
― Ram Dass, Be Here Now
Can you communicate it?
Can you share your thought with others?
Do you want to share it as it is?
There is a certain worry there that others might not understand why you were thinking what you were thinking… do you understand why you were thinking it?
Can you explain why you were thinking such a thing? Does it need explaining?
“What is true is already so. Owning up to it doesn’t make it worse. Not being open about it doesn’t make it go away. And because it’s true, it is what is there to be interacted with. Anything untrue isn’t there to be lived. People can stand what is true, for they are already enduring it.”
― Eugene T. Gendlin, Focusing
Perhaps I should explain what the thought is behind this… but explaining my thoughts is what usually gets me into trouble, more so than I probably already am for thinking thoughts in the first place.
When someone asks me what I’m thinking… my mind tends to go blank. It’s a defensive mechanism – if my mind is blank then everyone is safe from the fallout of the radiation caused by the explosion of my thoughts being expressed out loud.
I do hate it when people ask me what I’m thinking, because I am usually enjoying whatever it was I was thinking about until this question was asked.
This question intruded and interrupted what was probably something rather bizarre and maybe even disgusting (to others).
“Lesser, greater, middling, it’s all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I’m not a pious hermit, I haven’t done only good in my life. But if I’m to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.”
― Andrzej Sapkowski
This question wants me to focus on one thought, when chances are I had a billion scattered thoughts dancing together at a masquerade ball. It wants me to shine a spotlight on one dancer, disconnect it from the others, edit it, censor the naughty bits out, until it is neutered, disrobed and unmasked… and perhaps re-dressed, re-masked, re-gendered… for singular consumption.
Doing that robs it of all meaning… all meaning to the thinker of the thought, while giving it meaning to the one desirous of hearing the thought shared.
This question needs an answer which now requires the kind of thinking which I don’t enjoy – trying to figure out what the other person would like for me to be thinking and to share with them.
“People”—Geralt turned his head—“like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves.”
― Andrzej Sapkowski
What are you thinking… is a monster of a question.
You’re asking it of yourself… and truly want to know what you are thinking. And what that thought revealed, reveals.
Let me think… was one of my favourite things to say to myself as a child.
For in the world of inner thought… there was so much to be discovered and uncovered.
My monkey mind was… and still is… my Swiss knife.
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. ”
― C.G. Jung
I love to think…
… not just think…
… but allow the thought to carry me on waves through many other thoughts, making connections, letting each thought socialise with others.
Each thought is an adventure…
… a smell, a sound, a touch, a sight…
… to explore.
A random quiz taken… can lead to a place of knowing.
“…cut off his head, pierced his heart with wooden stakes, doused him in holy water and buried him… leaving him with quite some time to reflect on his lifestyle, but he did regenerate completely. After that he changed his way of life…”
Whatever you are thinking… let yourself think it.
Be interested in that thought, and in all the other thoughts which branch off from it.
Ask yourself – What is the purpose of this thought… and how may I best use it…
Let the questions flow… and lead you to answers, which may have other questions, leading to other answers…
“Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?”
― Charles Darwin