Life is nothing more than sort of a mess. A mess that we create in order to survive. People take birth to depart, the ultimate truth which we refuse to accept, in fact nothing stays forever, neither Emotions, nor people. The only thing that matters is Memories. Everything we should care about is our own mind. Glimpses of love and joy or brief moments of deep peace are possible whenever a gap occurs in a stream of thought. For most people, such gaps happen rarely and only accidentally, in moments when the mind is rendered "speechless",sometimes triggered by great beauty, extreme physical exertion, or even great danger. Suddenly, there is inner stillness. And within that stillness, there is a subtle but intense joy, there is love,there is peace. All problems are illusions of the mind. If we find ourselves in Paradise, it wouldn't be long before our mind would say "yes, but...". Ultimately, this is not about solving our problems, it is about realizing that there ARE no problems. Only situations to be dealt with now, or to be left alone and accepted as a part of the "isness" of the present moment until they change or CAN be deal with. Problems are mind-made and need time to survive. They cannot survive in the actuality of Now. Silence is an even more potent carrier of presence, so when you read this be aware of the silence between and underneath the words. Only the stillness in you can perceive, consciousness freed from thought-forms? Here is the living realization of what we have been talking about. We all know what is to have dreams at nights, to have bizarre,unbidden thoughts that take us on journeys. Sometimes these are disturbing journeys as we have to suffer through. The good news is that when we wake up, we are able to compartmentalize: that was a dream,and this is my waking life. Imagine what it would be like if these states of your reality were more intertwined, and it were more difficult, and their realities can be overwhelming and terrifying. Brains are composed of multiple, competing networks, each of which has its own goals and desires. When deciding whether or not to gobble down the ice cream, some networks in our brain want the sugar; other network vote against it based on long term considerations of vanity; other networks suggest that perhaps you could eat the ice cream if you promise yourself you’ll go to the gym tomorrow. Our brain is like a neural parliament composed of rival political parties which fight it out to steer the ship of state. Sometimes you decide selflessly, sometimes generously, sometimes impulsively, and sometimes with the long-view in mind. We are complex creatures because we are composed of many drives, all of which want to be in control. Our greatest challenge has always been to understand this MESS, not to avoid but to live with acceptance and joy.
By Mriganshu Bora