What is a Thought?

An exploration into the human thinking process, guided in a moving car, with my stressed out friend Dan Harris as meditating subject. This meditation and others can be found on the 10% Happier app.

Most of us think of “thinking” as something diffuse and non-specific. But thinking is actually quite trackable and tangible. In this practice, we investigate two components of thinking: inner imagery and inner talk. A complete picture of thinking goes even further than this, and includes emotional body sensation, subtle motor tugs, and subterranean flickers of idea and intention.

Much gratitude to my teacher, Shinzen Young, who first taught me to tease apart my inner talk and imagery, thus freeing me for all time from its terrible tyranny .

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