Let go of the desire of thinking of nothing and pay attention to what happens right now.
“What are you thinking?”
I was asked, in a Macrame workshop.
I looked at a bit confused as I was focused on getting the thread through the hole. So I started to think: what was I thinking?
“Well actually I was just looking carefully how to make the knot and I was aware of the pain I currently have in my shoulder and back”.
Then the teacher asked “aren’t you thinking of the list of things you have to do after this workshop?”
“Well actually not really, because I’m too busy now with making this bag, what use would it be to think of what I have to do next?”
“How is it possible that the thoughts of what to do next are not occupying your mind involuntary?
Wow thanks to that question I came to realise I was fully present in what I was doing. Bearing the fruit of my trail to wellbeing by daily walking meditation.
Aware of the simple physical sensations. Aware of the shapes and forms I see. Aware of the activity I’m doing in that very moment. So yes, I was thinking, as my thinking capacity allows me to fulfil a task, like this macrame workshop. Though I consciously made the choice to pay attention only to the things of the present moment.
For many the goal in meditation is to be able to think of nothing. A desired state of emptiness, liberated from our thoughts and negative emotions that drive us freaking nuts into a state of stress.
Though I would suggest to let go of the desire to think of nothing. Let’s accept our thoughts while we meditate or do an activity. Let's be completely present of your thoughts, physical sensations, emotions, of anything that is happening that very moment. Once you are completely present in what you are doing, the unwanted thoughts go, and make room for the thoughts you need to perform that activity. Being completely present is what liberates you from stressful, uncomfortable thoughts and to-do's.