I begin with a memory . . . I become acutely preoccupied with the thoughts in my mind . . . What had been background chatter suddenly leaps into the foreground of my attention. My thoughts are constant, loud and random, telling stories . . . rehearsing what I will say to friends later, comparing this . . . to that, and on and on. I feel as if I am trapped on a carnival ride, spinning out of control. I also notice a sense of separation from the world, as if imprisoned inside a glass box. This is a seminal moment in my life: from this point on, I will become intensely and increasingly aware of non-stop mental turmoil. And it is a desire for relief from this inner chaos that initiates my quest.
Josh Baran from The Tao of Now