When sitting and doing Zazen for awhile most thoughts settle down and the mind becomes quieter. Random ideas still "show up" but they just come and go. For a few moments there is just silence and pure stillness. Yet it seems to me that that stillness is very much alive and it is not just nothing. What is that stillness? Awareness? Consciousness? Is that what we are all trying the get more familiar with while doing Zazen to better "understand" ourselves? I would love to hear what your thoughts are.