It is the nature of our brain. Our brains are programmed to solve problems. So, if you are not solving a problem, the brain is smart enough to create a problem, which it can then solve. It constantly looks for problems out there to fix. That is what worrying is.
And most times, it is based on past knowledge. That we don’t want something that happened in the past to repeat in the future. Especially if the past was unpleasant.
The underlying motivation, the decision to act, is based on an urge for pleasure or move away from pain. The past was painful – so you don’t want it to repeat. If the past was pleasurable then you want it to repeat.
Both are the same movement of thoughts though, just that the nature of the end goal is a bit different.
If you think about your misery now, why is it there? Isn’t is because you are constantly thinking about a time where there is no misery. You think about how you are not there now, you think, when will you have some happiness? Isn’t that what is causing the misery, the worry of not being happy in the future?
The comparison to something that ought to happen in the future, and how you are not there yet?
And when you are happy, you say ‘I am happy’ – how do you know. You are comparing it against your usual self – where you are normally miserable. And you say, ‘now, I am happy’
Isn’t the comparison is what causes misery?
Your brain needs something to chew on. That is the nature of our highly evolved brain. And most times that brain stands in our way of functioning normally. Convincing us of its ways, why it is right, it creates a self, a controlled hallucination, if you will, to maintain the integrity of its conclusions and findings. The input creates the output. So, the question may be is, what do you feed it. Well, you can’t really know, because the very asking of that question itself is an action of that brain at this point. Better leave it on its own.
But when thought understands the thought itself, which is to say, when the brain understands, really get, how it in itself works, the worrying stops.
I would like to think so.