NEWPORT NEWS, VA–I have been feeling really down since buying the truck. My mind has been filled with dreads and doubts and worries. My mind has been focusing almost exclusively on problems: Can I have AGMs and Lead Acid Batteries on the same circuit? Should I cut a window here? How do I get all these rivets out? After spending all this money and effort, what do I do if the transmission locks up? People are going to think you are homeless. No one will take you seriously anymore. You’ve made a huge mistake, you’re an idiot.
But all those thoughts are just the mind doing what minds do: worry, solve problems, protect (and criticize) the personal self. More below the break…
Once I started really looking at this–looking at my mind making me miserable–I was free of the conditioning again. Once I stepped back, things (as often happens when you let go) started falling into place: my brother called with some great advice, a blog I follow provided some sage and pertinent quotes, and I soon received some “If there is anything I can do” emails from a number of fans.
Will any of my mind’s fears come to fruition? Who the hell knows, but none of those fears are reality–they simply don’t exist in the real world. This “swirling in the head” is just the mind doing what minds do. Just a bunch of thoughts–nothing that you can see, touch, taste, or smell. Just a boatload of Hortons paddling furiously in circles.
Our problems won’t solve themselves, but the seriousness of them is–quite literally–all in our heads. Keeping this in the front of our awareness makes the frustration, the worries, the doubts, etc., seen as just more mental fluff swirling. None of it is reality.
And when I keep that in mind, it makes all those worries seem silly.
… nothing can trouble you but your own imagination …. — Nisargadatta Maharaj
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