There’s a difference between ‘thoughts’ and ‘thinking’. When we are ‘thinking’, we are wrapped up in thoughts — we’re going around and around and around. And when that is happening, our experience of life is duller, it’s more distant, it’s a little confused. But when we just rest in our experience…then the mind is clearer, it’s more vivid. It’s more open. Thoughts can arise there, and they’re not particularly a problem. Why? Because it isn’t ‘thinking’. It’s just thoughts happening, and that’s different.
When we are thinking, we are generally less aware of our surroundings. When the mind is just resting, then some thoughts will just pop up. When we’re thinking, we’re engaging thoughts. When thoughts pop up, we’re not engaging them.
“I’m still here to talk about whatever is coming next. I do really believe my age helped me cue I wasn’t a prodigy. I wasn’t a Nas at 17 – he was ready. He was like born into this shit, you know Large Professor – these dudes were geniuses. I wasn’t a genius, I had to work hard to get good, so I needed that time.”—Ka