“These thoughts have no meaning. They are like the things I see in this space, all around me all the time.”
Unlike the other exercises, these do not begin with the idea for the day. Today you will begin with noting the thoughts that are crossing your mind for about a minute, then apply the idea to them. If you are already aware of uncomfortable thoughts use them as subjects for the idea. Do not, however, select only the thoughts you think are “bad” or “unwanted.”
In using your thoughts for application of the idea for today, identify each thought in noun or verb form; for example: “This thought about ________________ does not mean anything. It is like the things I see in this space, all around me all the time.”
You can use the idea for a particular thought which you recognize as harmful. This practice is useful, but is not a substitute for the more random procedures to be followed for the exercises. Only examine your mind for a minute or so. The suspension of judgment in connection with thoughts may trigger a ripping effect if indulged in before you are comfortable with the entire process of separation from attachment, judgment, or conclusions.
The aim is to lead you in the first steps toward the goal of separating a delusion from your truth, with an attempt towards the long-range understanding of learning to see meaning is within us.