Our thoughts become the dangling carrot that we’re always chasing for happiness. We have to catch the carrot to be happy and content.
On the rare occasion we reach the carrot, and then we find that the carrot isn’t satisfying. Then a new, juicer carrot appears, and we begin to chase this one down. Then we do reach this carrot and we find the same result of the previous carrot. We are stuck in a loop, and we become obsessed with our thoughts and life isn’t satisfying.
I stopped chasing carrots by doing less. Doing less for me was finding my meditation and mindfulness practice. My initial practice was five minutes. For five minutes a day I did less chasing of thoughts, and this little activity started to quiet the mind.
I can count all the sane people that I know on one hand. Most are unaware of their insanity.
The insanity originates from the non-stop mental chatter of the mind. The mind tells you how to behave — the mind wants you working out for endless hours at the gym; the mind wants you to find a new spouse; the mind wants you to punch your neighbor in the face; the mind wants you to voice hate against another race; the mind wants to jerk you around, like a leashed dog pulling you down the street after he catches a glimpse of a cat. This uncontrollable dog rules his master.
The insane are possessed by thoughts. Thoughts create opinions, and judgments — good, bad, right, wrong, happy, sad, love, hate. Thoughts are the root of suffering. Suffering occurs when the mind demands a specific outcome, and the outcome is not met.
Reality is neutral. Thoughts transform nothing into something.
We have a brain that is inherently faulty. The brain is trying to interpret the scene unfolding before it.
For a similar experience: Recall the prior experience and apply a conditioned response to this experience and make a judgment. Judgment is good, bad, right, wrong, love, hate. These are black and white areas for the brain as the judgment is predetermined.
For a new experience: Recall an experience that reminds you of this experience and create a new program using a previous program template and create a new conditioned response and make a judgment. People are often confused for a short time, since the brain is trying to acquire more information to formulate a judgment. These are the grey areas for the brain as there is no fixed judgment.
The older we become, the fewer new experiences. We become crotchety old people with our predetermined judgments.
The brain is naturally not seeing reality as neutral; it’s all subject to interpretation.