Taking ourselves as permanent, behaving as if life will continue forever, we think, feel, and act in ways that would change radically if we were vividly aware of our own transience.
This ignorant believing in self-permanence obligates us to take certain things very seriously.
It sets up a belief system that intimidates us and prevents us from acting with clarity. We hold on tightly to problems, ideas, self-imaginations, and conflicts as if we were some how obligated to undergo frustration.
Although we may know that the harder we hold on, the more intense the frustration becomes, we still cannot let go.
The mind remains occupied day and night with various levels of frustration that cannot be released or resolved.
Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Milking the Painted Cow