Stress or dis-ease is a result of my mental perception of what is taking place. My mental perception is my direct experience. I cannot experience the world without my mind. It is my mind that I am experiencing. The world is being seen through the lens of my mind. In other words, what is taking place outside of me cannot truly affect me; what affects me is what my mind is perceiving.
I am my own mind. No one can experience it except me. Conditioned to look at any situation according to its fancy, I become a direct beneficiary of my mind. Never once have I been separated from this mind as I was born with it, live through it and would die with it. Do you not notice? Just try to be aware of "yourself" for a little while and you will get what I mean.
Though difficult to comprehend, a little direct exploration through the wonderful journey of awareness or mindfulness will bring you closer to this reality. It is like a pair of glasses which you have been wearing your whole life. The world is always seen through those lenses. Yet unbeknown to you, the haziness, the blurriness or the taints of the lenses make you think there is something to do with the world. In truth, it was the lenses that made it so.
But the mind is more than just a pair of lenses. It is total immersion where you and the mind are one and as such you can't just take it off like any pair of glasses. You breathe and live with it, so to speak. You will be entertained (or be made miserable) by the mind until you finally catch onto its antics with awareness. It is only through awareness that the mind's presence begins to show itself to you. Only then can you be said to be awakened to its presence. Until then our whole lives can be just like unto a dream…
Do join us in the coming new season of Mindfulness - A Starting Point, commencing 21 July 2016 next week. You will sure be enthralled by what you will understand about your mind.