Thoughts And Thinking
Thinking is not the same as already having pre-existing thoughts. Thoughts are the fixations which cloud our minds and are our evil jailer. We need a shock to wake us up in order to be free.
The Buddha said that the first noble truth is to recognise that we suffer. People focus on the word ‘suffer‘ – “Oh, Buddhism is all about suffering!” – when they should be focusing on the word ‘recognise‘ for, without that recognition, we wouldn’t see the need for change.
Thoughts are what we have.
Thinking is what we do about the thoughts.
The Buddha was shocked to see old age, sickness and death; we all need a shock to break out of our illusion.
When we obsess or rely on thoughts about the word ‘suffering’, we exaggerate the image of suffering and conclude that, “Yes, there is suffering, but I get by.” This transference back to thoughts misdirects us, and we no longer see what our tricky mind is doing.