“Comfort is one thing, and truth another; they lead away from each other. If you seek comfort, you may find it in an explanation, a drug or a belief; but it will be temporary, and sooner or later you will have to begin over again. And is there such a thing as comfort? It may be that you will first have to see this fact: that a mind which seeks comfort, security, will always be in sorrow. A satisfactory explanation, or a comforting belief, can put you soothingly to sleep; but is that what you want? Will that wipe away your sorrow? Is sorrow to be got rid of by inducing sleep?”
Inner Life Exercise
Break Mechanical Thinking
Have you ever watched the face of someone lost in a daydream?
He stares but at nothing. He does not know where he is. He will
be a bit startled when spoken to. Try to catch yourself in this
kind of mechanical thinking. Shake your head. Snap out of it.
Deliberately awaken yourself.
Treasury of Positive Answers, #740