It’s like the snow.
Sometimes the snow falls calmly and quietly. You could almost hear as each snowflake touches the ground and settles in.
Sometimes there are snow storms. You feel the wind that throws the snowflakes at you, and if you happen to look in a certain direction, that would be directly in your face.
But ultimately, sooner or later, the snow falls on the ground. The storm softens and disappears. It all comes back to quiet and stillness.
Thoughts are like snow.
Sometimes they fly softly, they appear in your awareness calmly and quietly disappear from it. Sometimes they touch other thought, and you can follow the slow flow of ideas, statements, questions, answers, observations about the world around.
Sometimes they fly straight in your face and bite: one, two, dozen, hundreds… Covering your awareness with hurt and pain and stress and pressure and overwhelm…
But ultimately, sooner or later, thinking settles. A new thought comes around, and everything looks pristine clean.
And when you realize that there is nothing to do for that to happen, and there are no inner garbage patches to clean up when it happens… It frees a lot of time and energy to do something that is much more meaningful, useful and productive than trying to control your inner weather.