“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” – John Milton, Paradise Lost
There is a saying among those in recovery that goes something like this: “The worst place for an addict to go is into his own head”. This is one of those sayings that is so loaded with life experience that the stories that reveal its truth would take volumes that would fill libraries. I think Carl Jung would have liked it.
I know the truth of it from my own experience and am grateful for the gift of recovery programs and the path of meditation to help me extricate myself from making hell of heaven. Making heaven of hell is certainly a happier place but it is still one created in the place that is the mind. Those in recovery are encouraged to move beyond letting mind decide what life is about and just stopping and seeing the life about them. They call it “life as life is”.
I am learning to refrain from judgment and assumptions about what I (my mind) thinks is going on. With the help of my Higher Power, I am replacing these with curiosity and wonder.