I read that in Vipassana (inight) meditation the mind should be directed to experienced phenomena, such as thoughts or sensations, to see them clearly as impermanent, dissatisfying, and non-self.
How exactly do you 'see them clearly' and know that you are seeing them clearly?
For instance, during the in-breath, do you note them using internal verbalisation:
3) "not self"
... when these things become apparent about the breath?
If I just "attend and let go" as many texts say then how do I now that I'm not just vapidly watching stuff, like the wife watching a football match and not taking anything in? Does it just "click" that these things you are watching are impermanent, dissatisfying, and non-self? Could the 1), 2), 3) verbal analysis be helpful? Like if you get the wife to shout out "offside", "penalty", "free kick", she concentrates a lot harder and learns a lot more about the game?