“Psychologically.. we do not know how to die to a problem. To die to a problem is not to continue it and carry it over to tomorrow. A problem exists only when you are not capable of looking at the fact.”
~ J Krishnamurti
* Where we live – in our head and heart, in culturally and socially conditioned beliefs that the mind’s thoughts and feelings are really who we are – therein lies ‘the suffering man is heir to’, so to speak, per Shakespeare. Indeed, our inability to recognize the ‘problem-maker’ as such, is the origin of our life-long cultivated and perpetuated suffering. Mind can only ever divide and separate and conjure from its dualizing; from all its preferences and denials, its prejudging of good and bad, right and wrong – all that seemingly constitutes the personal ‘me’ and ‘you’.
In reality, there is no duality. In direct, label-free looking and listening aka openly beholding, one can simply see the fact that the mind is indeed, making up its pleasantries and its problems, its arguments, its resistances, its desires with its fears. In sum, its perpetual conflicts and confusions.
While mind is, and can be, an excellent tool, it makes a poor master with its conjurings about yesterdays and tomorrows that overleap the actual present – what is really happening, now.
It may be useful for some sincere seekers of a fuller freedom who see the mind’s constant parade of problems, to direct one’s attention with a little inner self-inquiry: “Is there, in fact, a problem in this moment?” Indeed, if there is, perhaps one can meet it; attend to it and act appropriately; if not, let things be; let the chatter freely appear and disappear in choiceless, spacious, and loving awareness.
In fact, in letting go and letting be, one may directly uncover the active truth in the old saying: “What one resists, persists.” When all resistence dies, all one really is seeking, and is – harmony, peace, love and joy – arises, yes. That’s the beauty of it all. 🙂