When the mind becomes agitated, if the agitation is to be quieted the cause of it needs to be identified. An agitated mind can’t do this, so one needs to get off the treadmill if there’s to be quiet.
When it’s understood the problems that one has are created by their own mind, it will also be known that the problems created cannot be solved with the same mind that’s creating them. Simply put, a mind that creates a problem cannot be used to fix the problem that it has created. An example would be a person who uses alcohol as an escape mechanism. At first it seems as though it provides the sought after release. But as time goes by it affects life in a way that it no longer provides the escape, it actually becomes the reason why an escape mechanisms is needed, but the person still uses the alcohol as the solution to the escape the harm the alcohol is causing; insanity at it’s finest. The alcohol can be substituted with anything, what is used doesn’t really matter. How you get stuck on the treadmill of life is the point of this.
It’s the Conditioned Mind that keeps a person on the treadmill using the same mind to create and solve problems. I did this for years and today it’s not this way. It’s not that I have a different mind, but there’s a difference in the way it processes information, so in a sense it is different and the difference being, there is now quietness instead of constant agitations. What quietness allows is being in the present moment and living and accepting what life gives me as opposed to wanting it to be in some other way. This is the way it has to be if there’s going to be peace in one’s life.
Life may be the way that one wants it at times, but it will never stay that way, so the key is to find peace when its not the way that you think best suits you; doing this without reaching for something to use to try to comfort yourself is essential. Understanding that your own mind is creating this nonsense is the first step in establishing a true place of peace. When the origin of the mind agitations are known they can then be eliminated, it will take practice, but the choice is to remain in a mind made agitated state. So it’s vital to know your own mind if there’s to ever be freedom from it tantalizing grip. After all it’s not the great secrets of the Universe that are going to bring one peace, it’s understanding why you think in ways that don’t allow you to be at peace.