Thought is a strange thing indeed. A thought can be like an idea, memory, opinion, belief, a picture or sound, even a feeling or other senses, and sometimes something completely indescribable. They are these things that come and go in our mind. Rarely sticking around for long before the next one pops in. Thoughts are created by brain function but even in today’s world, we know little more than that about them.
There are two types of thoughts that go on in your mind; Conscious and Unconscious.
The easiest way to illustrate this is to think of conscious thoughts as the ones you are aware of, and unconscious thoughts as the ones you aren’t.
Your brain is a powerful organ. So powerful it uses up to twenty per cent of the body’s total energy. This is because it is doing a lot of work. If I asked you what you are thinking of? You may come back with a few different thoughts such as “well I’m reading this so I’m thinking about meditation and thoughts and I’m also thinking about the time as I have to be somewhere…” and so on.
Those are your conscious thoughts and they use a little bit of energy. However, most of the power goes to your unconscious mind which is monitoring and regulating all of the body’s functions; when to breathe, how to breathe, make the heartbeat, create hormones and make sure they go where they are needed, digest that food, transfer energy to that cell, how full is the bladder, and so on. The unconscious mind never sleeps and never stops until you are dead. Some may actually argue that it is up to ten minutes after your dead.
Can you imagine being aware of all of these thoughts?