The reacting mind

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Let’s suppose that rain washes out a picnic. Who is feeling negative? The rain? Or YOU? What’s causing the negative feeling? The rain or your reaction? When you bump your knee against a table, the table’s fine. It’s busy being what it was made to be – a table. The pain is in your knee, not in the table. The mystics tell us that reality is all right. Reality is not problematic. Problems exist only in the human mind. Reality is not problematic. Take away human beings from this planet and life would go on, nature would go on in all its loveliness and violence. Where would the problem be? No problem. You created the problem. You are the problem. You identified with “me” and that is the problem. The feeling is in you, not in reality. 

Anthony de Mello, sj.

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2 thoughts on “The reacting mind

  1. This has made me want to dig out his book again. I think it’s called Awareness, not sure but I read it a few years ago. Being human and conditioned as we seem to be, makes all this stuff so very hard to do. And yet it sounds so right! So reading this today has caused me to pull my socks up a little as I have been feeling very low as a result of this year’s summer weather. It sounds like such a small thing, but to be able simply to sit in the garden is so much more joyful than sitting in a chair inside, watching the rain and feeling chilled. Being in pain doesn’t help either; Im still recovering from falling badly six weeks ago. I’m having a ‘poor me’ monent! 😊

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