Where do we start? Of course we have a job, go to work, go shopping, like entertainment, have activities, and all that. Do we really want to look into what we are all doing, and see that it is basically, psychologically, conditioning? Do we stop and look and see the things on the mind, the things we are thinking about, puzzling about, thinking to solve, are a mind activity, different to the actual activity.
I might go to bed and can’t sleep. The mind is thinking about problems. It seems to me, you, these are particular matters, as you think about them, which need thinking about in an effort to figure something out and to find solutions. It seems this is the only path, playing out the same scenarios, and we go over it all, again and again, even coming up with some more ideas, more resolve.
Here, we are not talking about the actual circumstances, but the endless mind activity of thought. It is not the thoughts in actual practice, in some application, it is the bothersome mind activity of an unsettled mental condition, affecting the health and well being. Its what drives some people to drop out, to throw them selves into some distraction, to look for a way out, and to find peace in an alternative life style, become a recluse, or a devotee in some cult or religion. It is what forces us to want something not as we may think is our complicated and restricted lives we live now, and we will call this freedom.
Can we look at all this disturbing mind activity, look at it fully, not going along with all the thoughts, and see, basically, it is desire? There is an underlying condition. The movement of this mind activity with all the thoughts, is a deeper impulse, not to be solved with thought, called desire. Basically our lives are built on desire in one way or another. There some aspects we like, others we don’t. We go along with some aspects, others we avoid, and some, or all, we suffer. Then we take desire to be inevitable, if not the way of life, and we repeat it all in our thinking. We probably can’t see there is any other way of living. But it is not living, it is a conformity, a compulsion, a complacency.