The mind is exclusively interested in thoughts. Consciousness has no thought process.
Ministry of Natural Resources: Don’t feed the wildlife.
Zen: Don’t feed your thoughts.
Don’t get involved with your thoughts. Let them come. And let them go.
In the cinema, an audience takes for real the images on the screen. Back on the street, same phenomenon—people feeling this way or that, taking for real the thoughts in their heads.
“Why are you troubled?”
Not by anything that happens but by my thoughts about what happens.
It’s just that, isn’t it? My difficulty is I cannot look at anything without thinking about it.