30 May Life is Not a Problem – May 31 2019
The mind can do so much more than simply analyze problems with its Doing mode… [T]he mind doesn’t just think. It can also be aware that it is thinking. This form of pure awareness allows you to experience the world directly… to step outside the chattering negative self-talk and your reactive impulses and emotions. It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life.
Mark Williams and Danny Penman, Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
The ‘Doing’ mind is brilliant at solving problems. This is its forte. Today, driving to Reseda, between my mind and the Waze app on my phone the ‘problem’ of traffic was easily solved. The problem is traffic, the solution is finding the route that has less traffic. This is a good use of the mind. We go wrong when we continue to use this problem-solving mind as our main tool for life. If I am speculating about life – career, relationship, friendships, co-workers, bosses, employees – then I am de facto turning each of these areas into a problem.
Trying to ‘figure out’ what to do with my life turns my life into a problem.
But my life is not a problem. My relationship is not a problem. My work life is not a problem. My friendships are not problems. Each of these is, rather, a process to be experienced, not a problem to be solved. And what is required for process to be successful is simply that I be present and aware, and willing to give of myself, willing to love.
I am perfect, whole and complete, an individual expression of the Divine in this adventure of life. Happiness is the very nature of life itself. When I can become present to the truth of me and the truth of life, ‘problem’ disappears, and happiness is all that is left.
Today I will know myself and my life as a process, and I will involve myself in the process of me, rather than the thinking-ness of me.