It Makes Sense — What Does That Even Mean?

Go back to when you were a teenager and made a mistake, your parent would smack you around the head and say — come to your senses (not everyone of course!). Why say that when you make an error? Generally speaking, there are five main senses: Touch, Taste, See, Hear and Smell. These five senses are trying to tell the daydreaming mind where it should be — here now. Why? Because the senses only operate in the present moment. You can only be aware of touching something as it is touched. You may think about the feeling later but that is a past thought about it. So whatever you are touching now is not noticed because you are thinking about what you were touching. So mistakes often occur because we are normally off thinking about something, not actually anchored in the present moment via our senses. Does that make sense? Another common term, it makes sense when it computes, registers or is valid. Directing one’s attention from the day dreams back into what‘s happening in front of you. Try listening to someone when they talk. We all say we are good listeners but are usually thinking about replying before the other has even finished. So they’re talking to no one and you’re listening to yourself. It’s a gift to shut our own mind up so another can be heard, which cash can’t buy. By the way, all this is normal, I am not saying it is wrong, rather something to look at. You see, we have very little control of thought. Just as the heart evolved to beat, the brain evolved to make thinking, so let it think. The brain will only stop thinking when all your other organs fail. Try it now, before the next thought happens, see if you know what it will be? No one can not until it has arrived. Thoughts just pop in by themselves, so it’s NOT you thinking, none of us control thoughts. Control, if at all, lies in the practice of observing the thoughts via awareness. If you are unaware of thoughts (or anything) then how can you do anything about them? If you observe/notice a thought, you now have an option and may respond rather than react. If thoughts are not observed then behaviours may follow un-governed. To shift the biggest problems humanity faces (climate change, politics, refugee issues, war and so on) we need to change our behaviour. To change our behaviour it helps to be aware of the source, the subtle entities of our own mind, our thoughts, otherwise we just react due to our years of conditioning. It make sense to be aware of the thoughts so right behaviour can follow. So come to your senses as often as you can.