For a while, it may seem that it takes more energy to switch to natural rest and gentle looking rather than being caught in thought.
In a way, it’s true. It takes some intention and energy to make the switch. It seems easier to stay in our old familiar habit of being caught in thinking, just because it is an old familiar habit.
After a while of exploring this switch and becoming familiar with it, something else may reveal itself.
We may see that it takes less energy to rest (natural rest) and look (inquiry) than to be caught in thinking.
It takes less energy simply because it’s a shift into (more consciously) aligning with what’s already here.
We notice what’s here, and that what’s here is already noticed.
We allow what’s here, and notice it’s already allowed (by space, life, mind).
Also, being caught in thought tends to create discomfort and stress, and that takes a lot of energy.
It takes far less energy to notice and allow.
It’s often a relief. There is a sense of coming home, of dropping a lot of extra effort.
Note: Natural rest here means something very specific. Notice what’s here – images, words, sensory input. Allow it. Notice it’s already noticed. Notice it’s already allowed. It’s a conscious alignment with the noticing and allowing that’s already here, built into what we are.
It takes less energy to rest (natural rest) and look (inquiry) than to space out, distract myself
For a while, it may seem that it takes less energy to be caught in thought than switching to natural rest and gentle looking.
It may be true in a way. It takes some intention and energy to make the switch, to shift out of our old familiar habit of being caught in thinking.