Waking up to the source of your problems is where freedom resides.
The root of all your difficulties is not what you THINK. With awareness, you will notice that your suffering is caused by illogical thinking, and not by outside circumstances as your thoughts tell you. These kinds of thoughts keep you from having the experience of your real nature and remaining in the present moment. When you are in the present moment, all thoughts cease.
Just notice any one of the many thoughts you have every day that is not truthful or helpful in living life fully. They fill your mind throughout the day, still many more without your conscious awareness. If you bring a little attention to them, you will begin to awaken to their misguiding nature.
With awareness, you will see that something is observing these passing thoughts. Now, are you the observer, that which is observed or both? Are you more than just the body and your life of personhood?
These questions alone can help you begin to wake up to the truth of who you are and lead you from suffering to peace. Follow them inward to experience your True-Self. As you do, your life as you THINK you know it will begin to fall away, revealing your real nature.
Be careful not to grasp onto any story that the mind will create to satisfy your curiosity or distract you; these stories will be associated with an old belief or conditioning that is not sound. If one arises, question it, and it too will fall away once you awaken to its falsehood.
Following your mind to find the truth will lead you astray every time. To know the truth, you must have a direct experience of your real nature. You will never have this experience using knowledge, logic, or the mind. These are the tools of personhood, and they will keep you trapped in the illusion that you are only the body.
Pay attention to how your thoughts direct your life. Is their influence guiding it in the direction you want? If not, take the simple step of noticing with awareness, how misleading your thoughts can be, and then let them go when you can. You will begin to wake up to your unconscious thoughts by doing this, one moment and thought at a time.
The world we live in today is a creation of these false and unconscious thoughts, and the only way out is to be willing to bring awareness to them. Knowing, feeling, or believing this to be true is not enough. If it were the world would be full of enlightened beings today. We must have a direct experience of our true nature for lasting progress to be made. Do not be trapped by expecting the experience to be a dramatic one, but instead practice what I have suggested above and then notice what happens. Do not listen to any fake news created by your mind!
I am not doing it right.
This is not working.
I should have woken up by now.
I do not understand.
This may work for others, but it is not working for me.
These are just a few examples of the thoughts that can arise to derail your progress and force you back into the habitual thought patterns that keep you stuck. Therefore, pay attention and question your thoughts to see if they are for your highest good. Remain connected to your heart and follow your intuition.
This is simple, so do not let the mind complicate if for you. Can you become zero? What I mean by this is can you let go of every story you tell yourself, every thought of present, past, or future, just for a minute. Can you become empty? To avoid any confusion created by your upcoming thoughts around this, I will tell you that everyone can do this.
Once you become empty, what do you experience? Many find profound peace or love. Be present with this peace or love; this is your True-Self. The more you do this, the more it will fill each moment of every day.
I will leave you with this last thought to contemplate. The world is not what you think it is; the world becomes what you think it is.