Something is lost when you stop thinking, and that something is “you.”
The person was not there before you were born, nor will it be there after you die. Instead of struggling with the person, why not leave the personal altogether?
It does not mean the extinction of the person; it means only seeing it in right perspective.
Even if it is only for a single second, the experience of “no you” has the power to be life altering. It is the very transcendence of the twin prisons of past and future.
Stillness and sensitivity facilitate the sensation of Conscious Presence in the body.
One perceives objects through the senses.
One perceives the senses through the mind.
What is it that perceives the mind?
The mind is not anything in itself. It is the name of a brain function. When thought and feeling are absent, the mind cannot be said to exist.
Therefore, what perceives the mind is only Consciousness.
Look at things as they truly are. See the mind and the body as reflective of the nature of the organism. Observe them without judgment. Once they are fully understood, one can move beyond them.
We are constantly striving to be something we are not, because we are afraid of being nothing in particular. Our identity is attached to our “thing-ness”.
We live in confusion. It must be this way because we are not reacting to the world as it is. We are reacting to how it appears to us, as it has been filtered, interpreted and judged by the brain and its mind.
The desire for realization is just another escape route. One may say it is a higher escape route, but it is escape nonetheless. It is the dissatisfation with, refusal to accept, what-is.
Paradoxically, it is the acceptance of what-is that foretells realization.
The end of confusion begins with no longer believing the mind.