When we are asleep, the mind is busy with dreaming, unless it goes into deep sleep. When we are awake, the mind is always so busy with thinking, feeling, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, eating, playing, fulfilling desires, projection, imagination, anticipation, planning, creating ideas, generating agreements and disagreements towards what it comes in contact with, generating craving and aversion towards what it likes and dislikes, looking forward for social inputs, interactions, communications and expression, to know, to share, to be doing something all the time. It needs to get attention from the outside world, to acknowledge its existence and contribution in the world. Being restless all the time. Or else it gets bored, feels lonely and meaningless.
That’s why some people are spending lots of time in everyday life on yoga and meditation practice in solitude to calm down and quiet the mind, moving the mind away from worldly desires and activities, free the mind from restlessness, to render it one-pointed and stilled, to contemplate upon the truth. Using this body and mind to perform the greatest selfless service to the universe, which is our own liberation. If we are not free, how can we help other beings to be free, or expect the world to be free form suffering?
This is a natural activity to those who are disgusted with the restlessness of the mind, and sincerely want to be free from this conditional and limited worldly life existence of qualities of names and forms, be free from the offensive and defensive egoism, be free from limitless selfish desires and dissatisfaction, be free from suffering that arise from ignorance and impurities, egoism and attachment, cause and effect, birth and death.
When ourselves has attained liberation, realize the unconditional love and peace beyond the body and the mind, we may or may not, perform actions out of compassion and wisdom, to serve other beings, to help other beings to be free as well, without attachment nor obligation.
Without peace, wisdom or compassion, without non-attachment and non-expectation, we cannot fully help the world efficiently, even if we have great intention to make the world a better place, as we will be affected, disturbed, influenced and determined by other people’s actions and reactions, our own actions and reactions, and the result of our actions. We are contributing negativities into the world while trying to keep the world away from negativities that we don’t like and don’t agree with.
We want to be free to have our own choice, thinking, beliefs, and goals of life. We also need to allow other beings to have freedom of choice, thinking, beliefs, and having different goals of life. It is so contradicting when we want to have the freedom to be what we want to be, do what we want to do, but we try to control and change other beings who are different from us, whom we dislike and disagree with, expecting other beings to be the way that we think they should be, or the way that we like and agree with.
Those who love being restless, who like to enjoy worldly activities, who are passionate towards worldly affairs and objects, shall continue spending most of the time in everyday life being busy chasing after worldly objects of names and forms, to try to satisfy the limitless desires, or with great ambition to contribute to the world with some positive policies, creative ideas and talents, try to change the world to be the way that we like it to be, to make this life existence as meaningful as possible, as successful as possible.
There’s nothing wrong with ‘enjoying’ this life existence as much as possible before the function of this body and mind comes to an end. Be happy with ourselves, who we think we are, and what we want for ourselves. But with self-control that we do not generate harmful effects onto other beings while fulfilling our desires.
Most important, is knowing what we really want with this impermanent worldly life existence through the conditional and limited function of this body and this mind that is not in our control at all, totally depending on energy and elements to be functioning and existing.
No matter what we want for ourselves, we accept the consequences of all the choices and actions being performed through this body and mind. We accept reality as it is after doing our best for ourselves and for others.