Most of life is imaginary


Most of what we inter­act with is not the world itself, but our beliefs about it, our expec­ta­tions of it, and our per­son­al inter­ests in it. We have a very dif­fi­cult time observ­ing some­thing with­out con­fus­ing it with the thoughts we have about it, and so the bulk of what we expe­ri­ence in life is imag­i­nary things. As Mark Twain said: “I’ve been through some ter­ri­ble things in my life, some of which actu­al­ly hap­pened.” The best treat­ment I’ve found? Cul­ti­vat­ing mind­ful­ness. —  DAVID CAIN Citation

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