In previous articles I explained how violating the two basic principles of life could bring you a lot of suffering and I also gave you 4 exercises that help you to observe these two principles. However, there is a question that can arise in relation to this whole subject:
If nobody wants suffering (cause nobody gets up in the morning saying: “Well, today I am going to suffer!”), Then: why, frequently, we take the option of suffering?
To answer this question we must necessarily reveal the secret behind which the functioning of the mind hides and makes us choose suffering rather than happiness.And I’m going to reveal this secret to you through two articles.
It has been discovered In the scientific field that there are two essential cognitive processes for the mind to understand and to act in the world we live. These two processes are: memory and imagination.
Our mental histories are constantly linked by using these two processes. Thanks to them is that we can conceive ourselves as the “I.”
You must realize that, without memory, there is no “I” story, and without imagination, there is no possibility of permanence for “I”.
But the interesting thing about all this is that, by constantly using these two cognitive processes, we are creating two times that are psychological, they are mental, but they are not real.
With memory we create past and with imagination we create future. In this way the mind is incessantly moving from past to future.
If you assiduously travel with the mind to the past you will only bring resentments, guilt and longings to the present. And if you travel to the future then you will only bear with anxieties, anguish and uncertainties. And most importantly, you will miss the only real and wonderful time in which your life unfolds: the present.
Your true power
Think: What real power do you have over the past or over the future?None, haven’t you?
Your power is only in the present. It has been scientifically proven that the accumulation of past or future in the mind produces, literally: the putrefaction of the brain, the acceleration of aging and many diseases that have a psychosomatic basis.
Do you know what is today? It’s the morning for which you worried yesterday.
That is why, when you stop recriminating yourself for what has already happened or stop worrying about what may happen, much of your suffering will disappear from your life and you will begin to flow with the rhythm of life.
I finish with this story:
A man said to a wiseman: “I have been told that you are wise … Tell me why
The wiseman replied: “I am wise because when I eat, I eat; When I sleep, I sleep and when I talk to you, I talk to you ”
“But I can do that too, and that’s not why I’m wise”; replied the man.
“It is not so,” replied the sage, “Because when you sleep, you are thinking about the problems you had during the day or the ones you may have when you get up. When you eat you are thinking about what you are going to do next or what you will eat the next day, and when you talk to me you are thinking about what to ask me or answer me before I finish. You’re not wise because you’re never here, you’re always somewhere else. “