I believe the mechanics and content of thought have very different qualities. Is practice to discern these different qualities? Observing the quality of mechanics has an immediate release of pressure and attachment. This can become a joyful practice, this awareness, even filled with humor! . . (the cosmic laugh?) Challenge is to stay in faith and intention . . which requires constant, but not obsessive practice. As our generous wisdom teacher RD has said above, it is a delicate situation. But doesn't it build on itself with attention?