Outside of mind, thoughts do not exist

words & photo by Brian Thompson.

Outside of mind,
thoughts do not exist;
so why cling to that which is clearly unreal?

Thoughts are the subjective commentary of the false self,
a fictional story conceived by a fictional character;
a dream within dream—but neither are real.

No finger can point to them,
no scalpel can discover their intent,
no x-ray can reveal whatever they might contain.

Without fixed mental focus
placed directly upon them,
thoughts have no substance of their own
—in fact, if left alone,
all thoughts vanish
as the illusions that they truly are.

Know this:
thoughts require your constant attention;
they manifest into feelings only by your belief.

Question everything. Believe nothing.
Be rid of your ghosts of self delusion!

Dwell not on stirrings of mind
that sway you from your calm,
that separate you from all that is whole,
that divide your present awareness,
that distance you from the truth.

Observe the contents of your consciousness,
watch your thoughts as they naturally rise and fall.

Quieten your discontent,
rest your mind not on your perceived upsets,
but upon the peaceful movement
of your ever-present breath.

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” —Thich Nhat Hanh