Merino Sheep, Glenorchy, New Zealand
The main cause of our suffering is that we believe our thoughts are truth. This is the fundamental lie of our existence. It is not events in our lives that cause us unhappiness. It is our thoughts about those events. We believe that if things were different than they are, everything would be fine with us. Nothing is wrong with reality. Reality is perfect. It is our perception of reality that causes our problems.
We experience freedom when we understand that we are not our thoughts and our thoughts are not true. By creating a separation between our awareness and our thoughts, we can begin to question our thoughts. By creating this separation, we can look at our thoughts, without judgment. When we bring awareness to our thoughts, we understand that there is no connection between truth (i.e., reality or what is) and our thoughts. We can then begin to stop taking our thoughts seriously, and look at our thoughts with amused detachment. The grip that our thoughts and beliefs have over our lives and well being will start to loosen and eventually fall away altogether.
Once we understand that there is a difference between ourselves and our thoughts, everything will change. The world will look different. Our unhappiness will fade. We will know peace, love and joy in our lives.
What we think and believe are lies.
Let's accept what is, just as it is.