The peaceful mind
This is my first of many blogs I hope. I wanted to kick off with looking at the nature of our mind, on quite a simplistic level.
As I am sure we can all relate, when we have been drinking in the past, our mind has been anything but peaceful. Indeed, alcohol makes our mind depressed, anxious, fearful and we can be filled with lots of self loathing.
In comparison, when we have a sober mind, our depression, anxiety, fear and self loathing is lessened, I would suggest, quite considerably. This is not to say that when we become sober, all our problems magically disappear (I wish), but that problems are easier to deal with with a clearer mind lessened by the effects of alcohol.
Buddha teaches that the mind creates our reality.
From my own experience, I know that when I had been drinking I was highly critical of everything and everyone around me at the time, until the alcohol wore off. The same situation and people when sober would appear to be normal to me. This is I feel a clear example that our faults do not lie in anything external to us, it is our own mind that is projecting the good, the bad ad the ugly onto people and external situations.
I love the idea that whatever I feel and create is down to me and my own mind not the result of anything external. This feels really empowering.
I know that I therefore have a responsibiity to keep my mind as peaceful as possible which I will blog about later.
Thanks for reading
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