Why Are We Dissatisfied?

by JMD

Human beings are dissatisfied because they have been seeking fulfillment in things which are temporary. Fulfillment is an inner quality of the soul, but it is lost when we bury the soul beneath our mental rubble.

What is mental rubble? Mental rubble is the outcome of an unstable mind. When our foundation is weak we suffer an emotional collapse, and the result is mental rubble.

People’s lives fall apart when they feed mental rubbish into their minds. To build a strong foundation (a firm and stable mental constitution) we need to put the right ingredients into our mind. The mind is composed of thoughts, memories, impressions, tendencies, and attitudes, which are formed from the experiences taken in through our five senses. Our mind compiles our experiences based on our past impressions. Once the mind is imprinted with these impressions, all of its experiences are colored by these impressions (that is, we become predisposed to think and behave in a certain manner, according to our mental images).

People imagine that they can find happiness in temporary things, like a man or a woman, personal recognition, self-glory, thrills, excitement, and worldly success. But imaginary happiness (happiness based on our mental images) always ends in dissatisfaction. Whenever we rob ourselves of our own peace of mind (by trying to appease our mind) we become frustrated and angry with ourselves. We lose inner contentment when we contaminate our mind with images, with false hopes and expectations.

Inner contentment comes to us only when we are committed to the Light of the Soul. Just as the light of a lamp fills a room and immediately removes the darkness, in the same way, we feel full inside when the mind is connected to the soul instead of the ego. We need to habituate the mind to soul-activities like self-development, positivity, encouragement, inspiration, compassion, and vast-heartedness. These soul-expressions will imprint the mind with good impressions, bringing mental stability and peace of mind.


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