The mind is the source of all suffering, and the source of all happiness
“The mind is the source of all suffering, and it is also the source of all happiness. When something comes up in your life that causes you dissatisfaction, or triggers habitual patterns and reactivity, or makes you angry, lonely, and jealous, ask yourself: Are these emotions happening because of outer circumstances? Are they completely dependent on outer circumstances? The path of meditation says that we have to work with our mind, and that if we do work with our mind, the outer circumstances become workable.” ~ Pema Chödrön
The mind is responsible for our happiness – but it is also responsible for your suffering. If we choose to meditate and take the inner journey to truly look at ourselves, we will be able to change our reactivity and habitual conditioning, dissolving negative conditioning at its root. If we don’t, we will suffer.
We can look at our negative reactions to life as a type of “programme” that the mind runs, which is triggered by an outer event of some kind. Just like we double-click on an app on our computer to run it, we double-click on the apps stored in the subconscious mind all the time – largely without realising it!
The subconscious is a database of every thought, feeling and emotion we’ve ever had… so it’s incredibly huge, and we access this data in nanoseconds!
We run simple programmes like ‘tie shoelaces’ or ‘board the train’. We don’t think about them, they just execute themselves by default. We may also run programmes like ‘speak to my mother’, which is a different programme than ‘speak to my father’.
All is well and good if the programme is healthy – but what if you have an infected programme? What if it has a virus? When you run the programme, the virus runs too!
If you’ve always had a bad relationship with your mother, we could say that you have a virus that runs every time you speak to her. If you’ve always felt undermined by your father, then you might ‘run’ a programme of ‘feeling diminished and upset’ each time you speak to him.
How many times have you reacted badly to a loved one, or even a complete stranger, only to realise it was ‘your stuff’, not theirs? They just gave you permission to ‘see’ your own conditioned habits! Someone might remind you of your mother or father and you react accordingly!
Additionally, how many times do you hold onto negative energy (thoughts and feelings) long after an argument has finished?
If you have an argument with someone else, and then walk away without healing it, the energy may become dormant within you if you don’t make peace with that person and the situation itself. It could be days, months or even weeks later, but if you come into contact with that person the chances are the negative energy of that last situation will be triggered, and you will feel all of the same negative energy you felt before. Even if you supposedly forgot about it!
The negative programmes and energies that we run can make one’s life very challenging!
However, we can access and change the programmes stored in our subconscious mind with two powerful keys: intention and attention.
Programmes can be memories, tendencies, attitudes or anything else. The negative ones tend to limit us, so we need to take responsibility for them and clean them up when we notice them. The positive ones help us – they are gifts from the Universe. So, we don’t typically need to do anything with them, except be grateful.
The most disempowering thought we have individually and collectively accepted is that we are victims of our own programming. We have been taught that we can’t change, that ‘it’s in our genes’ and that we have a certain personality type.
This simply isn’t true! We can heal the root cause of suffering by accessing and reprogramming our minds! We just have to be willing to take that all important journey through inner space!
As you learn to go inwards through meditation, you will explore uncharted territory… and you will access your higher mind, or superconscious mind, which sees and knows all. From this broader awareness, you can start to clean unwanted programs stored in the database of the subconscious mind that are limiting your life.