This is what one’s life would be like if raised in a tribe of fellow humans several hundred thousand years ago, before language played such a large role in our conscious lives. Pre-language era was simpler, with little (or no) focus on a future, a past or other imagined ‘realities’. Pre-language times eliminate all the conceptual ‘things’ which we hold on to (cling).
The mind, free of a capacity to dwell on experiences (which language allows us to do) finds it easier to exist in the ‘fire of the senses’ (to use a Yoga term). Though, I’d add the ‘cool morning mist of the senses’ as well.
Language allows us to get completely ‘lost in our brain’. Your ‘innate selfless nature’ is what you experience when language is silent. The more seriously you think that thought encompasses reality, the harder it is to be inwardly silent.
Thoughts feed off the emotions,
Feed off the thoughts,
Feed off the emotions,
Round and round,
And separate from the rest.
Thought allows us to dodge how nature is by giving us a means to imagine how nature should be. Living in this illusion has consequences—we suffer a psychological rift from the whole.
Of course, this is not all that significant in ‘real terms’. We are still 99.99999% ‘dumb’ animals like all the other animals. It’s that .00001% which haunts our consciousness. It overtakes us. It is simply thought (and the judgements which follow) which is the main source of our discomfort.
But, that’s not to say that’s bad! That’s just how it is. Nature already tried out the “big-body” approach with the dinosaurs. Now nature ‘wants to see’ how an animal with a brain big enough to think will work out.