What’s reinforced is what will remain in place. It’s pretty simple in that regard, but doing things that allows the mind to settle is probably the most difficult process one will undertake in this lifetime.
If you want the mind to settle, what allows this to occur has to be practiced. There are many daily opportunities to practice this, but why the mind is not settled has to be identified. This isn’t as easy as it sounds because of all the conditioning in place. The glaring mind activities that cause the unsettling are seen by some, but the subtle ones mostly go unnoticed. Even the glaring ones that are seen, they too are discounted and justified by most people, it’s why there are so many different religions, political views, spiritual views, and so on, it’s the reason unity on our planet is so scarce. The other day I wrote an article about the seduction of pleasure and how “I” is at the core of this and someone responded that basically to experience pleasure was the reason for existence.
This is a response of an unsettled mind and why this is an issue is because there’s no room for unity in this response because it’s the response of “I”. “I” is always selfish, that’s it’s nature. It’s like the nature of an acorn is be an oak tree, the true nature of something can’t be changed. Our true nature isn’t of “I” and if our true nature isn’t cultivated, it will remain in the background to the more prevalent conditioning of “I”. An acorn will remain in that state until something is done to change it, the true nature of being an oak tree will always be there, but it will remain dormant until conditions change to support its transformation. Reinforce “I” and that’s what will remain in place, cultivate quietness and that’s what will be in place. It’s pretty simple in that regard, but doing things that allows the mind to settle is probably the most difficult process one will undertake in this lifetime.