“Eventually you will see that the real cause of the problem is not life itself, it’s the commotion the mind makes about life that causes the problems.”
Ever got yourself in a tizzy - simply from a thought? I do. And it fascinates me of how a simple thought can trigger my fight or flight response. Heart racing; swirling agitation, discomfort & tightness within... all from a simple thought. A thought that can quickly turn into another thought; and then another; and then wooosh - faster than a bullet train, we’re down a rabbit hole of stress & worry. And this is over a story my mind had made up; not anything I know to be true. I can end up oscillating between future tripping & ruminating in the past on what could have been different to change & control the situation. And there's the illusion that we are in control - that ol’ chestnut. It’s a powerful one; that takes practise to become aware of.
Our minds can create a whole lot of nonsense & this can happen often. Truly; it’s mind blowing how much energy can be wasted from the commotion of our minds. More often it’s nonsense that at the time - when we’re caught up in the thoughts; can be so damn believable. The ability to catch this sort of interplay between my mind & my emotions is a byproduct of my meditation practice. This is the power of a meditation practice. I don’t sit twice a day to get better at meditating; I sit twice a day to get better at living. And when I say better; I mean more present; more aware to what is; instead of what my mind & unconscious speculates to be or happen.
A wee reminder to not believe all of your thoughts; they are often responsible for the commotion.