When I was a teenager, I was not happy with my mind. Fifty years later, I think I see that there’s a natural rhythm in awareness, a rhythm that Gautama identified as his “way of living”. In particular, mindfulness of the cessation of habitual or volitive action with regard to the movement of breath allows a natural rhythm in awareness that includes thought.
In the Old Testament, God instructs Adam:
I am currently reading your thesis, The Dark Side of Dharma- Why have adverse effects of meditation been ignored in contemporary Western secular contexts, and I’ve arrived at your characterization of the relationship between concentration and insight: