When we look at something without the filter of mental commentary, we see.
If I do not desire anything and I am not afraid of anything, then the mind is quiet. Not asleep or chewing its cud, but alert, watchful and ready. Like a top-of-class majordomo.
At the tip of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s ascending spiral: normalcy. At that point we are not interpreting what we are seeing, not liking or disliking.
“At the end of all our exploring. Will be to arrive where we started. And to know the place for the first time.”
We stop thinking by waiting for the mind to produce a necessary thought.
As the word suggests, environmental cleanup begins with the mind.
Mind is polluted if it is irritable, impatient, dissatisfied or wet-nursing a grudge.
Funnily enough, some of our worst polluters are fervent recyclers.