Lesson 4 – These thoughts do not mean anything. They are like the things I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place].
Begin with noting thoughts for a minute
Then apply idea with the exercise
Do not only select “bad” thoughts
Training to look at thoughts without judgment
There are no “good” or “bad” thoughts
All thoughts cover our REAL thoughts
Major exercise that will be repeated
Separating the meaningless from the meaningful
Meaningless is outside
Training mind to see what is same and different
EXERCISE – Identify thought by central figure/event
This thought about “Iowa’s caucuses” does not mean anything. It is like the things I see in this room, on this street, and so on.
This thought about “what I’m going to have for dinner” does not mean anything. It is like the things I see in this room”.
This thought about “I’ve already failed in my new year’s resolutions” does not mean anything. It is like the things I see in this room.
This thought about “my daughter” and so on.
Do not become pointlessly preoccupied with thinking about this lesson.
Practice the idea for a minute or so.
May find suspension of judgment difficult
Do not repeat exercise more than 3-4 times today