more motivated by wishing to be a source of happiness, and not more suffering. so by this motivation, we strive on with more mindfulness and awareness.
if there is too much worry, there is an unnecessary fascination with the continuum and of what happens afterwards. after what?
we forget to rest in presence.
- If Buddhist doctrine is to be believed, our mind-streams have all toughed it out in the deepest hells anyway. Moreover, with all-new memories (normally) and 'relative self' after death, what sense can it make to say 'I
might go to hell' or to feel accordingly? Only a limited amount at most, surely
Anxiety strikes me as symptomatic of a lifestyle removed from its physical supports (such as the provision of warmth and shelter), so more teachings would have been directed at this form of aversion if there had been as much of it during Buddhism's formative centuries. It's no different, though, to any other symptom of 'samsara' in that it's all about maintaining a fixed 'I'. Some (my younger self included) even deliberately (on a subconscious level) act out 'worst-case scenarios' just to prove to themselves that they can survive them.
I actually came to Buddhism with the feeling that the teachings relieved
me of a lot of dire consequences - particularly those of the atman / essential-self view. On the other hand, the view that we're all the same after death -whatever state we may then be in- has always struck me as too neat and comfortable to convince an inquiring mind.