A thousand thoughts clamouring in your head, a thousand things that ought to be done. Unable to focus on anything you just sit there and watch TV or surf around on E2. You get up and go to the kitchen, but when you arrive, you realise that you are not hungry. When you try to get something done you can't concentrate because you're constantly thinking of all the other things you should do as well. Then you catch an interesting headline on a newspaper lying around and you waste another twenty minutes reading. You're supposed to make decisions but you can't focus on the arguments. It's getting dark outside and you realise that you have wasted another day.

Sounds familiar?

So sit down in the circle and listen to the wise words of the Zarjonnen-guru:

Imagine a funnel in which there are several colored blocks of different shapes. On its own, each of the blocks fits perfectly well through the funnel. Unfortunately, the blocks keep each other from passing through. The solution to this is, obviously, to take the blocks and drop them into the funnel one after the other.

The funnel is your mind and the blocks are your thoughts. It often happens that you are trying to think of many things at once, resulting in your being unable to think clearly.

So what you have got to do is clear the funnel of the blocks.

Go outside, take a little walk alone. Look at the world and listen to it. Clear your mind of all thought, and only observe. It helps if you think the sounds you hear, your mind should sing along with the world. When a car goes by, think that whooshing sound. Do that for several minutes, until all thought is gone and you have become a pure observer.

Then let a single thought drop into your mind. Don't force yourself to think. Just watch your thoughts happen. Think it through, make a decision, then drop in the next one.