I have a hard time shutting off my brain. Hence why sometimes, I lie in bed awake, staring at the ceiling, going through various ways of trying to trick my brain into shutting up so I can sleep. Or why I have to deal with a cacophony of thoughts in my head during times of anxiety.
I think the only times my mind is mostly at peace and silent and in the "now" are times when I'm walking through the woods or working on my artwork. In both instances, most of me is "gone" somewhere (unless there's someone I'm talking to who is keeping me focused on being "there"). Either way, when left alone in both cases, my thoughts are still going, but they are silently doing so. It's like a low burner, or a leaky faucet in the middle of the night, or a slowly spinning waterwheel. I think I do my best processing and thinking then, because I'm not stressed, so teasing the knots out of whatever problems are going on is much easier.
"I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
the human brain works at the train of infinity.
The brain never stops thinking, because time itself is impossible to stop.
Even if you think you have stopped thinking, your brain is still thinking.
To completely stop thinking is against the laws of nature, because you can't stop the flow of time.
But if going to sleep is counted as stop thinking, then i guess that there are moments that your brain stops thinking.
The fear of poverty turns people into slaves of money.
"In this Caesar there are many Mariuses"~Sulla
Conquer your inner demons first before you conquer the world.
You can be conscious and not thinking about ANYTHING?
That IS weird.
I can't always articulate what I'm thinking about. But I'm always thinking. I think .... Would I know if I wasn't? For me thinking and consciousness are synonymous.
Heh, when I saw the title of this thread, I was thinking 'is that even possible??'
I've had a few brief moments when the thinking is quieter. I suspect meditation would be the only way I could ever do it somewhat regularly. I am rarely in the here and now and I find it takes a lot of effort to really be in the moment, and even then the thinking mind is still chattering away and processing and sorting etc etc.
In my beginning (read <20 yrs) I couldn't stop thinking at all. It's just recently when I have come to insight that such thoughts are not as needed and I suddenly stopped. Though I am improving on the thinking part again, it's nice to have a plan and I don't feel as an all around character any more.
As if I've began lacking some functions I had developed quite far before.
EDIT: Where as "not thinking" implies; Not conscious of thought and/or "just feel".
"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray