It’s very simple to understand the mind, it can be broken down into two mind states, wholesome and unwholesome and everyone who is alive will be guided by one or the other.
There’s a lot of stuff (thinking) that goes on between the ears that determines what mind state one will be guided by and when broken down, you will be guided by one or the other. To me everything that happens is the result of something else, so the results of living in a state of wholesomeness or unwholesomeness are vastly different. This isn’t to apply a label that one is right and one is wrong, but if investigated it can be seen how wholesomeness produces results more in line with love, kindness, peace, harmony, joy, and unwholesomeness puts one more in line with results of anger, greed, hate, unhappiness, and discontent. I had an unwholesome mind for many years and this resulted in much suffering in the form of feeling isolated and alone most of the time. As a result of this, I used many different things to try and not feel this way, but to no avail because not matter what, the isolation would always return.
Nine years ago I begin understanding the different results of these two mind states and began developing certain things that put me more in line with a wholesome mind. An unwholesome mind is selfish in nature and produces selfish results, desirable results if you’re based in the material world. A wholesome mind has no selfishness to it and the results are accordingly. This doesn’t mean that the unwholesome conditioning is gone for good, but it has lessened to a large degree and hence there is literally no more isolation, or hate in me. If the difference of these two mind states aren’t seen, it seems the unwholesome state controls more. I would say it’s because of the influences of the material world that make this so. Even though by being alive you are part of the world, when you finally wake up, what’s seen is you don’t have to allow the selfish collective mind state of the worlds unwholesomeness to control you.