“The single most effective spiritual practice when applied daily is to simplify your life and be quiet. Yet the mind says, “No!” we’re not doing this now. The mind will attempt to divert you. It says, “Look over there. That’s a problem that needs to be taken are of.” The mind doesn’t like spiritual practice that quiets its compulsivity. It will insist that it has more important things to do. It will remind you, again and again, particularly in the midst of your attempt to quiet it, that there’s an important problem that can’t be ignored.
This is how it gets its way over and over again, until you become aware of just how much deep unconscious pleasure has been attained by using these destructive strategies. The enlightened being responds to the mind, “No, I’m looking at you. I’m looking at how you attempt to operate in me.”
Lisette Larkins, in “Difficult People”
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