Anything that captures my attention creates consciousness.
So I have my 5 senses that capture my attention,
but a burp or a rumble from the tummy also captures my attention.
Next to touch there is also something which could be called body consciousness.
Most of the time my attention is captured by thoughts popping in and out.
It is in that way — the way that mind captures consciousness —
that buddhism calls the mind one of the senses,
one of the elements generating consciousness.
What happens during mind silence?
Well, I listen. Listening without sound is still conscious.
Seeing without looking is still conscious.
Feeling where you are sitting is still conscious.
Being aware of that thought is still being conscious.
Without that awareness, sleep comes.
So my awareness is my consciousness when I meditate.
What is awareness?
It is still a product of mind.
A subtle mind?
A reversed interrupt,
in stead of ringing the bell.