Some books about the mind direct a person to practise stopping thought and have methods like staring at a candle, sitting in lotus position, chanting a name like Honest Ed over and over but to realize you stopped thought would be another thought. You cannot stop thought you can only tune into nowness. It is natural for certain musicians because that’s what they are often doing. Many musicians know if they start to think about it they will fall off the high wire. That’s part of what separates the heavy hitters from the auto-pilots, the heavy hitters are great at the now.