Our natural state is one of peace, joy and contentment. It is a state of natural rest and clarity.
What prevents us from abiding in our natural state?
Afflictions can come in the form of physical discomfort and illness, emotional turmoil and mental neurosis. They arise in a mind preoccupied with the past and future. A mind that is chasing and grasping is fertile ground for the afflictions. Our innate selfishness is a deep root from which the afflictions continually grow.
In an effort to regain our natural state, we attempt to soothe the afflictions. How?
Money. Entertainment. Alcohol. Food. Power. Vacation. All sorts of remedies really.
But do any of these really work or are they themselves driven by neurosis and selfishness?
Your practice should soothe the afflictions. It should cut through discursive thought, weaken grasping and fixation, and reduce selfishness even if only by a sliver.
We teach children to soothe themselves at a very young age, but we seem to have lost this skill with age. Time to regain the practice.