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  1. You can train in this, and like any skill, it will improve over the days, weeks, and years. It is almost impossible not to think about anything at all, if by thinking we mean the appearance of words in the mind, it is almost impossible – after the skill of generating words is already mastered, it is no longer possible to “see” it, just as it is (almost) impossible to forget how to ride a bicycle. But you can stop attaching so much importance to these words, and they will arise, pass and disappear, and the firmament of consciousness will remain free, clear and calm.

  2. In order for thoughts to disappear from your head, you need to feel the world around you as much as possible with all your senses. As long as this can be maintained, there is “no room”for thoughts

  3. A friend of mine said that when you think that there are no thoughts in your head, it's already one thought:) When you say to yourself in your head ,” I'm not thinking about anything right now,”you're just thinking about what you're not thinking about, so no, it's not going to work.

  4. You can, if you become an observer of your own thought processes. Consciousness is multi-dimensional and designed in such a way that any of its processes can be reassigned in terms of functionality. Thus, what functioned automatically can be de-automated, and what we thought was enhanced thinking can become observable and conscious spontaneity. The paradox is that not thinking on purpose, that is, trying hard at the same time and not thinking will not work. The process of thinking stops when we simply separate thinking from the thinker, that is, we learn to observe this process from the outside. If I can observe my pain and not react to it as a patient, I actually separate the pain from myself, since I can observe it without being involved in it by reactions. At this point, the pain is no longer mine, but simply exists on its own. It's the same with thinking. This does not mean that you should go through life without thinking, but the question of where to go should not become more important than the question of where you stand.

  5. Being conscious, a mentally healthy person thinks all the time. However, with severe mental pathology(for example, schizophrenia), this phenomenon can occur. Usually lasts a few minutes. It's called sperrung. The patient perceives everything, sees and hears everything, but not a single thought flashes through his mind. Outwardly, this is manifested by the fact that he sits, looks at one point and does not react to the addressed speech.

  6. It won't be just empty in your head. Your attention is always filled with something. Thoughts, emotions, body sensations, visual images, and sounds can serve as a filler. What you can do is focus on one aspect of the experience (such as breathing, as in meditation) and push out all the others. That is, it is possible to be free from thoughts in the usual sense. I mean verbal constructions and visual images. But it is very difficult to do this and it is achieved through long and persistent meditative practice. Over time, there are more and more such moments when there is a complete absence of thoughts, and over time the mind becomes very stable and calm.

  7. Can.
    As far as I know, a person does not think at all during the deep phase of sleep. Dreams are generated only during doze(Alpha) and mid-depth sleep(Delta), but thought processes are disabled during Theta.

    You can also experience a similar feeling if you have worked very hard for a long time for exhaustion. Then just sit down and look at one point while resting. You have “gone into yourself” and there is not a single thought. There is no internal dialog at all. I don't even want to move again. Personally, I've had this happen many times.
    I also heard information that women are awake(not in a dream) this can't be happening. But because I know that the female brain works perfectly from the male and I myself am not a woman – I can neither confirm nor deny this information. But if it's true , I wouldn't be surprised.

    Brain activity itself does not stop, of course, never. Because you need to automatically control your breathing, salivation, balance, hormone production, and much more. But this is all automatic. The process of thinking is not directly related to all of the above.

  8. No, it can't. In the brain, activity is always maintained by default, especially in the cerebral cortex, but if the person is not unconscious. So when you are conscious , you are thinking.

  9. I have this almost constantly, Navik selected only depersonalization from the diagnoses. It is convenient when there is no constant pile of thoughts in your head, and you can start a conscious wave of thoughts on a specific topic.

  10. Of course, it is possible and it is called “stopping the internal dialogue”, many ways can be found in meditative practices, which are often used to concentrate attention and manage thoughts.

  11. Can.
    Sometimes this happens by itself. For example, when you are so overworked, when you don't even have the strength to think, or when you first hear music that you really like, or when you fall in love and look into the eyes of a loved one. If you look closely, such moments of complete emptiness in the head are quite normal, although rare.

  12. Can. Your head won't be empty, because the brain controls physiological processes, not just conceptual thinking. But there are meditative practices when attention is focused on some abstract object, and thinking in language temporarily stops. At this time, other parts of the brain will be more active. But there will be no thoughts in the usual sense.

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