The average human brain has about 100 billion neurons.
What’s a neuron? A neuron is a cell, ie a life-form.
What do I mean by this? A cell is a life-form: put it in a Petri dish, give it food and it’ll live (exist) on its own.
So, you – the singular you – are not so singular after all: there are billions and billions of you inside. You call it a brain. But:
a) a brain is not an “it”
b) you don’t have a brain – you are a brain
c) your brain is not an organ but an organization (of billions of life-forms that we call “neurons”)
d) therefore, you are not one, you are many – you are a community, a neural community
Indeed: these billions of neurons (that you collectively call “I”) are stand-alone – no two touch; they are separated by synaptic gaps.
To reiterate, your brain is really a community, a community of cells… And what do communities do? They communicate. They talk, gossip, chatter. They associate.
The neural colony (that lives inside this skull-cave that you see in the mirror) is an associative network – a dynamic information-processing community that is ever abuzz with “this” or “that.”
When we go inside to see ourselves – through the intro-scope of meditation – we, modern-day monkeys that we are, see the monkey-mind of our information-processing.
We are shocked and dismayed by the seeming randomness of our internal process, at this mind-zoo. We feel like we are failing at meditation, at staying focused.
But, again, as Pir Vilayat, says: “do not be afraid of the randomness of your thoughts.” You are watching the zoo of what you – collectively – are. You are seeing “that which transpires behind that which appears.” You are seeing you – all of you, the billions of neural you. No need to fear yourself.
Marvel at this “monkey-mind” that you – collectively – are. This “thought-randomness” is as good a focal point for meditation as anything else.