The more I meditate, the more I am aware of my thoughts. I find it very interesting to notice them, they come so quickly.
For instance: one day I saw lots of schoolchildren walking around in the streets (in Ireland you can recognise them easily because of the school uniforms they are wearing). Groups of two, of three, of four, of more. And then I saw one boy walking on his own.
My thoughts were: “That’s so sad, all by himself. Is he ok? Does he have friends? How is he feeling about being alone?”
Then I noticed these thoughts. And realised that I was projecting something on this situation, like we humans easily do, most of the time even without noticing it.
Maybe the boy was fine alone. Maybe he had a big group of friends waiting back at school. Maybe he was bullied. Maybe he was a bully. Maybe he preferred to be on his own. Who knows. It could be any of these thoughts, or none.
What I think I know for sure is that I saw a human being walking on the pavement. The rest were merely thoughts, projections and ideas.
And I find it fascinating to be aware of the fact that most of my world is actually just my thoughts, projections and concepts.
That’s one of the reasons that I like to mediate, to help myself to be more aware of them.