You step out of your house at noon and decide to go on a short drive. You begin to drive and realize that the afternoon sun is glaring in your eyes, making it difficult to see. What will you do? Will you go on a campaign to protest against the sharp rays of the sun or will you open the dashboard of your car and put on a pair of shades.
It is not enough to recognize what needs to be changed; you have to know where to make the change. If you pick the wrong place to make the change, it can take you years, even decades to solve a simple problem. Knowing where to make the change is probably more important than knowing what to change or how to change it.
This is where most of you are simple going in circles in order to solve a problem. If you don’t address the individual who is at the center of all experiences, you are not addressing the problem at all. You can change the whole world, but if the problem is in you, all that change you make on the outside is simply useless.
What happens to the world on a day when you are sick and suffering from some ailment? The whole world looks sick, dull and boring. Not because the world is that way, but because you are that way. At each and every moment of your life, the way you are experiencing the world is the only thing that matters. Any change you want to make to the world has to begin with you.
Once a foolish king wanted to take a walk and tour his kingdom. The ministers advised the king that the streets are covered with stones and thorns, and it would make it very difficult for him to walk. The king thought about it for a while and ordered the entire kingdom to be carpeted before he takes the walk. A wise old man interrupted the king and said, ‘Why don’t you wrap that carpet around your leg, in that way you will have a carpet under your feet, wherever you go!’
The story of the king is the story of our foolish mind. Mind enjoys solving complex problems. In fact it enjoys it so much that it will create bigger problems just to solve them. Understanding this nature of the mind and identifying the root cause of our problems is the first step towards solving them.
You are the center of all experiences. Every single experience has to pass through you before it becomes your reality. If you can make changes within you, the changes will reflect in everything you do. The change you make to your thoughts, desires, emotions and fears is the most important change you will ever make. This is the only place where a change will stick and become a part of your reality.
If you paint your room with pretty colors, you can experience this change only as long as you are in your room. If you can paint your mind with pretty colors, you can see the change where ever you go. You cannot go anywhere without your mind, can you? Make changes where it matters, then you will see how easy it is to solve even the most complex problems of your life.
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