It always seems as if the “mind” is the root cause of all suffering, but in truth it’s not, the mind is just the mind, and it’s doing what minds are supposed to do. The purpose of a mind is to keep you focused in the physical reality, that you are a part of. Without the mind, you will have no sense of time, and all events will seem disjointed (the way it happens in a dream you have at night). Appreciate the mind for what it is doing, and stop fighting it.
The root cause of suffering is the mindset of trying to “escape” or hide from reality. If your mind is noisy, it’s an indication that you are trying to “run away” from something. You are not listening to the mind because you want to live in denial. It never works this way; you can’t live in denial for long before it really makes you suffer. The mind is not making you suffer; it’s your tendency to “deny” the mind and escape it, that makes you suffer.
The mind is life’s aid in creation
The mind is a beautiful aspect of your being. If you really understand the mind, you will see how innocent it is, just like everything else in nature. The mind is no different from an innocent child trying to be happy. What’s wrong with wanting to be happy? Why are you denying the mind, or berating it for its desires?
Of course, you cannot really be free unless you realize that you are not the mind. As long as you make your “mind” personal, you will always judge it and never embrace it. People who are trapped in their mind, lead miserable lives, and end up doing things that get them in trouble, because there is no wisdom when the only avenue of intelligence is coming from the mind. True freedom is when you have transcended the influence of the mind, and so you can now enjoy the mind without being trapped in it.
Who you are is life itself and the mind is an aspect of you. The mind, and the body, are not personal. They are as they are. The body is simply a programmed machine, so is your mind. It’s like a computer. You will only be afraid of a computer when you think the computer is controlling you. In truth, the computer is not controlling you, it’s just doing what it is programmed to do. When you see that you are “free”, that you are not the computer, and that you have the choice to not be controlled by the computer, you will stay enjoying the computer.
Free beings enjoy their mind, they don’t ignore it
People who are truly liberated always come back to enjoy their mind, they don’t deny it. You transcend the mind’s influence so that you can come and enjoy it fully. First you must see that the mind has no power over you, that’s how you transcend the mind. Once you have transcended the mind, you see that mind is really innocent and is just an aspect of creation, so you come back and embrace it fully.
If you try to escape the mind (the Samsara), you will always find yourself suffering. Once you totally embrace the mind, you will see through it completely, and thus transcend its influence. After that, you become very playful and enjoy the mind without making anything personal. The mind’s purpose is to ask, to prefer, to desire, and it’s all innocent. When you make it personal it becomes suffering, when you know it as just a play, you don’t resist it; you enjoy it.
Life is here for your joy. The ultimate purpose of life is joy, there is no other meaning or agenda in life. The only reason life comes forth into physical expression is to “dance”, for the joy of it. The mind is a beautiful tool of creation because of its ability to imagine and prefer. It can become a problem if you lose yourself in it, but once you are conscious of who you are, you can enjoy the mind and give it the freedom to express itself. Life will give you everything that your mind desires, if you stop resisting your mind.