If I were to say what is humanity’s fundamental problem, it’s that we are the victims of our own thinking. And our answer to that problem is often to pile on more thinking to it, which is not the answer at all; it’s like drinking poison to try to get rid of poison. The answer is to see that we are the victims of our thinking and how and why that is; meaning, we just have to look at it. This isn’t complex, it’s a matter of awareness.
Take, for instance, worry. We worry about something as absurd as what others think of us. First, we don’t know what people think most of the time, so we can only make things up, and if we do know what they think, it doesn’t really matter.
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Of course, I’m not unrealistic; I know that getting into the trap of our thinking can be unavoidable; sometimes the level of stress is so high, it’s close to impossible not to get caught up in it. But that’s when stress is very extreme and consistent. Of course, then you must look at the stress and circumstances and understand them to the point that action will be taken inevitably.
Awareness is a funny thing, it can never take place when there is any kind of avoidance of what is happening. If your thinking is delusional and you resist the awareness of this, you must look at the resistance; because resistance is the thing happening. Awareness is smooth and sticky; it sticks to what is happening without avoiding it.