Lost in Thoughts:
There are two states in which we can live in: We can either be lost in our thoughts or we can be aware of what we are doing. Being lost in thought is the more common of the two. Just take a walk in the city and “people-watch” for five minutes. Interpret nothing, and don’t look for anything in particular – just watch people.
If you observe closely, you will see that no one is aware of what they are doing – No one! People are walking, but they are not aware of their walking. People are talking, but they are not aware of their talking. So much life is happening around you, and yet the very life that is going through the process of living is totally oblivious of the fact that it is alive.
Everyone is simply lost in thoughts. We are all, in one sense, sleepwalkers. To understand this a little better, let us reflect on the process of sleeping. When you go to sleep—you become unconscious of your body and drift into thoughts. As long as you are asleep, you are not aware of your body; you are just lost in thoughts.
Now think about the wakeful state. During daytime, when you’re supposedly awake, something triggers a thought process and for the next 15 or 20 minutes you drift in your thoughts, becoming unaware of your body. Now, going by the definition of sleep, this is also sleep.
Remember, sleep is not unconsciousness. Sleep is a state where you are unconscious of your body. You don’t recognize drifting in thoughts during the day as sleep because it’s kind of scary to think this way. But in reality, you drop your body consciousness when you drift into thoughts, which is nothing but the process of going into sleep.
The only time you aren’t asleep is when you are in the present moment, being fully awake to what is happening around you.