Have you ever noticed your inner fight with reality in your own thoughts?The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is what we want.
If you want reality to be different from it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark. You can try to try, and in the end the cat will look up at you and say, “Meow.” Wanting reality to be different from it is hopeless. You can spend the rest of your life trying to teach a cat to bark.
And yet, if you pay attention, you’ll notice that you think thoughts like this dozens of times a day. “People should be kinder.” “Children should be well-behaved.” “My neighbors should take better care of their lawn.” “The line at the grocery store should move faster.” “My husband (or wife) should agree with me.” “I should be thinner (or prettier or more successful).” These thoughts are ways of wanting reality to be different from it is. If you think that this sounds depressing, you’re right. All the stress that we feel is caused by arguing with what is.
Veronika Prielozna, MA in her thoughts observation
Wisdom source: Byron Katie