Most people want the rewards of consciousness without the hard work of consciousness. The hard work of consciousness requires that we develop a daily spiritual practice that allows us to review where we are investing our energy each day. Each morning and each evening we have a choice: do we invest our energy into fears and anxieties or do we invest our energy into aligning with spiritual truth?
Practice even-minded calmness all the time. Become a king, an absolute monarch, of your own mental realm of calmness… Let nothing disturb your peaceable kingdom of calmness… this even-mindedness, when maintained by regular, deep meditation, removes the boredom, disappointment, and sorrow from everyday life, making it instead a very interesting and enjoyable experience of the soul.
All physical pleasures arise on the surface of the body and are experienced by the mind through the nervous system. You love the outer pleasures of the senses because you happened to be captured by them first, and then you remained their prisoner. Even as some people get used to jail, so we mortals like the outward pleasures, which shut off the joys from within