It occurs to me that, what’s really happening when we hit the “Off Switch” on our minds, is that we are remembering the ever-presence of all-pervading saturation in meditative absorption.
When the spaghetti soup of thoughts is disengaged, what remains is bliss, joy and ecstasy.
Taking frequent breaks from the chain of thought throughout the day, reminds us that thoughts are empty… while the Life within us, experienced as jhana/samadhi (the ONLY thing in this world worthy of our attachment, according to the Buddha himself), is what living is truly all about.
Stepping aside from all that racket, we realize that perfect peace and ease is carried within us always, no matter how insane things seem to get on the outside.
Also, the more frequently we flip the “Off Switch,” the more often we remember to do so… until thoughts begin to give up on us, leaving us in silence.
The more we remember to cut the inflow of neurotic brain-chatter, the more we live in our true nature, which is filled with bliss, joy and ecstasy.
At a certain point, we realize that we don’t need all that vigilance, as Life has always got us covered. We are free to repose, free to float, free to be free.
This is what they mean by “beginner’s mind.”