If you notice a car passing by, are you aware? If we consider ourselves to be yogis, would we say we’re aware?
How did we know that the car passed by?
When we recognize how we know the experience – we heard, we saw, we felt – when we recognize the conduits through which we recognize what we know, then, we’re aware.
How do we connect with our world? We connect to the world through our senses; all six of them, including the mind. Without these senses, we wouldn’t be connected to the outside world.
So, all these information we get through our 6 sense doors, we then interpret (thinking is happening) and make sense of the things around us.