I don’t think it can be overstated just how practical this mind set is. When first introduced to these ideas, some people respond that it is impractical naval-gazing, divorced from reality. Yet the exact opposite is true. To the degree that I stop listening to and acting on my thoughts about reality — my fears and biases and illusions and hopes, as well as the false and useless ideas I have absorbed from others — the more I can actually attend to and act upon true reality. The really real reality. I will deal with that flat tire for what it is, and solve the problem quickly and easily. I won’t rail about my bad luck or the tire salesman who screwed me or the government that didn’t fix the road or my kid who doesn’t take care of the car or God who seems to have it in for me.
When I get me out of the way, I get real life as a reward.