Do you feel like life doesn’t make sense?
Maybe life has thrown you a curveball or two, and now you don’t know what to do.
You had certain expectations, but life didn’t cooperate.
So how do you deal with the uncertainty of life, with the confusion?
Let’s start by looking at what is truly going on.
What is Going On?
As humans, we are sense-making creatures. We organize the world internally.
As we grow up, we take in programming, which blends with our personality. We inherit the values of the people and society around us.
Our mind then tries to make sense of all this. It creates meaning, relationships, and other connections out of all the information that has been taken in.
We also learn that there are things that are good and bad in the world. We discover that there are things we like and dislike.
This then leads to setting goals that we believe will give us the ultimate reward, such as money, success, power, love, and security, which of course will lead to good feelings.
That’s all we want–to feel good.
So you see, this is an inside job. Life making sense has little to do with actual life, and more to do with how life is perceived.
Every human being perceives life in their own unique way.
Why is This Happening?
Since your mind is a sense-making machine, it has arranged the world in a certain way. When life doesn’t cooperate, and your mind can’t rationalize what happens, things stop making sense.
This is especially true if you begin to inquire into the nature of identity, perception, space and time, and other parts that make up ‘reality’.
At first, this feels horrible, because there’s nothing to hold onto.
But this is simply a sign that things are rearranging themselves.
All you have to do is relax and let it happen.
How to Handle the “Nonsense”
Be with whatever emotion is present. If there’s fear, be with the fear. Look through the label of fear. Fear doesn’t exist. It is a word that we’ve given to sensations of energy.
Go beyond the label. Feel the energy dancing in your body. Welcome it fully into your whole being. Let it be there.
It is a teacher.
As you do this, the fear will begin to dissipate, because all emotions eventually run out. It may be replaced by another emotion, such as panic, dread, or worry. If that happens, let go of the label, and feel whatever comes up.
Life doesn’t have to make sense in order for you to live it. Life making sense is a mind-made fantasy. Just because you feel like life makes sense doesn’t mean that you are on the right path.
The mind is an automatic process that constantly brings up information that it has taken in. This information is viewed through underlying assumptions, likes and dislikes, and survival.
The mind is not you, it is a process. You are the consciousness that is aware of it. It is happening in the space within.
Here’s a video on this if you prefer the spoken word. The video and article cover different angles, so watching/reading both will deepen understanding.
The article continues below the video.
What If the Emotions Don’t Stop?
If you’ve been pushing away emotions for your whole life, there may be a line of emotions that want to be seen, heard, and felt.
That’s okay. This is a practice to realize that no emotions is dangerous.
It is the resistance to feeling that creates the suffering. The sensations themselves are not as bad as thought makes it out to be.
The more willing you are to feel whatever comes up, and not push it away, the more you will realize that there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Our emotions go up and down. There are rainy days, and there are sunny days. The weather has no impact on the sun, on the wisdom and love that is within everything and everyone.
Okay, And Then What?
As you become aware of how your mind is making things up, you stop taking it so seriously.
You are not thinking. Thinking is a process. It is not a “me” or “you,” it is an “it.”
You begin to notice that life doesn’t have to make sense in order for you to live life.
Your body and being naturally live life.
Or you could say that life lives you.
You don’t have to think about everything. You don’t have to plan incessantly. You don’t have to judge, or even have an opinion.
Your heart knows where to go. Your body takes care of itself. Inspiration arises out of “nowhere.”
The mind is great for practical matters, but anything else is above its pay grade.
If life doesn’t make sense, it’s a great opportunity to begin to truly live life.
You are connected to life. You are life.
There is nothing you have to do to access the wisdom within. It is always there, but it is obscured through beliefs, programming, desires, and incessant thinking.
Don’t worry about understanding this fully. The mind wants to comprehend and dissect.
Instead, let this be. Understand what you understand. Time will take care of the rest.
Set the intention to understand more, to grow.
That is enough.
What you’re going through right now is an opportunity to discover who you truly are.
It is an opportunity to break free from the chains of the mind.
All the best,
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