Hello Jundo and everyone!
Frequently I have heard other teachers suggest that you will "learn a lot about yourself" and your own thought patterns while sitting zazen. Joko, for example, talked about coming to understand our own thought habits better after a time of sitting. It suddenly occurred to me in sitting the other day: should I be trying to retain some sense of my thought patterns? As silly as it sounds, I almost feel like I should sit wholeheartedly until the bell, and then scamper over to a notebook to jot down the things that kept bubbling up in my mind.
I know this can't quite be what these teachers mean, and I know that in our practice we aim (non-aim?) to let thoughts pass away naturally rather than trying to retain them or make special note of them. And yet this "knowledge of our thought patterns" phraseology kinda bugs me in that it makes me feel like I'm missing an element somewhere.