This is a question about thoughts that arise during meditation. Originally I asked this on Reddit, but I wanted to check in here because this forum seems to have a good intersection of tech geeks and meditation people.
Anyway…so thoughts come up when I’m meditating.
Philosophically, I know that the idea is to notice the thought and let it go. That works for me for some thoughts. But occasionally I get something that my (ADHD) brain latches onto, and doesn’t want to let go of because it is - objectively - important. A note for something like a client project that I realize must be done today, etc.
I could keep focusing on trying to let it go and trust that it’ll come back later. But I’m wondering if anybody keeps a scratchpad or something close at hand to scribble down things like this that pop into one’s head. I could probably scribble them down without even having to open my eyes.
Noting that when I asked this on /r/meditation on Reddit, one of the replies was, “Thank the mind for being a very good servant and ask it to remind you again later after meditation”, with a follow-up note when I pushed back a bit saying, “If it’s important enough it will come back. Learning to let go IS the essence of meditation.”
“Ignore it and it will come back later” isn’t my experience AT ALL. And it is, quite literally, impossible to test that assumption. Anything that got forgotten until it exploded couldn’t be shown to have come up in mediation previously, precisely because “letting it go” means no record was kept.
What do y’all do?