Here is a simple set of guidelines for doing inquiry:
Notice what’s here: sensations, images, words. Slow it down. Take time with each. Allow.
Notice they are already noticed. Notice it’s already allowed. Any content of experience is already noticed and allowed. The only difference is that the noticing is more intentional.
Noticing that it’s already notice and allowed makes it less effortful. This noticing is just a simple shift. I can be very natural and effortless.
This is what inquiry happens within, it’s the context for inquiry.
Separate out sensations, images, words. Isolate them out. Slow it down.
Recognize sensations as sensations. Images as images. Words as words. One at a time. Take your time.
Feel sensations as sensations. Look at images. Look at / listen to words.
Ask simple questions to see more clearly what they are: sensations, images, words.
Ask simple questions to see what more is there, what additional sensations, images, words are associated with it.
Follow the trail of crumbs. Go where the energy is strongest. Regularly return to what you looked at earlier to check and see if there is more there.
Notice and allow. Notice content of experience is already noticed and allowed.
Isolate out sensations, images, words. Slow it down. Do one at a time.
Identify what they are. Identify sensations as sensations, images as images, words as words.
Feel sensations. Look at images. Look at / listen to words.
Ask simple questions to clarify what’s there (sensations, images, words). Ask simple questions to see what more is there.
It can be a very simple and natural process. These are things the mind already does. It already notices. It already allows. It already recognizes sensations, images, and words as what they are. It already asks questions. The main difference is that this is more intentional and slowed down, and the intention and focus is different from how the mind usually works.