It is important to look directly at [the nature of] thoughts when they arise. It is important to remain in [the nature] when you are certain of it. It is important to have the meditationless meditation as your meditation. Without wavering, maintain it: this is my heart advice.
– Longchen Rabjam
You are so used to talking and thinking in ideas that you rarely if ever question whether these ideas actually refer to anything real at all. In fact, it is impossible to think “about something.” Your thoughts occur, that is all. They come and go as clouds come and go in the sky. You can relate to them as expressions of your natural creativity, just as you do not judge a novel, symphony or painting on the basis of factual correctness but aesthetics.
The moment you have an opinion, a thought about how things should or should not be or how you want or do not want them to be, you are in potential trouble. This is because the real world does not necessarily match your opinions. In fact, you have no idea how little reality cares what you think about it. Whenever you want a reality different from what is, you are uncomfortable. When you recognize your so-called desired situations as thoughts, the discomfort cannot be found.