PTSD: Awareness of Thoughts

From The Deep Heart:

“For example, whenever you have a thought, you must first be aware of it.

This simple but critically important differentiation is reflected in our ordinary speech.

We say: “I am aware of thought” or “I am thinking about . . .”

Prior to any thought is the “I am” — the sense of being aware.

Awareness precedes thought, even if we don’t consciously recognize it.

We can be aware without thought when there are moments of conscious silence, yet we can never have a thought without being implicitly aware.

Our attention can certainly be lost or absorbed in thought, yet a quiet background awareness is always present, available with a slight shift of attention.”
My two cents: I kind of disagree on these grounds.

From the Mindfulness Skills Workbook for Clinicians and Clients: 111 Tools, Techniques, Activities & Worksheets

“With 60,000 thoughts a day (and the emotions they evoke) whirling through the mind, it is easy to understand how the mind can get cluttered, overwhelmed, and unfocused.

A calm, clear mind can be easily overwhelmed by the constant flow of thoughts, feelings, and sensations.”

I am not aware of the majority of those 60,000 thoughts.

That’s about one every second during waking time.

My mind can not focus on a new thought every second.

Can yours?

6 responses to this post.

  1. I have found no one aware of all the 60,000 thoughts that cross our consciousness every day

    How many are you aware of?

  2. Posted by Anonymous on July 24, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve no idea how many thoughts pass thru my mind daily. I can’t count that high or that quickly.

  3. Neuroscientists say on average 60,000 a day

  4. Hello there 👋 how’re you doing today I hope you are doing good

  5. Thanks

  6. You’re always welcome and it’s my pleasure to meet you

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