So in this series if you will, I have touched on a lot of different subjects. All tied together in their own way, but still separate. How the Universe in relation to us, how we work in relation to it.
Here are a list of all eight of them so far-linked to a separate window for your convenience. Just in case you missed one recovering from the holiday season…
- New Help for the New Year
- What is You threshold and how to raise it
- Chaos and entropy is your friend
- Flourishing in chaos and entropy
- More chaos and a controller
- Your map and your responsibility
- How to really flourish
- A new essential habit
I talked a really big game yesterday with getting rid of suffering due to resistance. Plus I may have touched on attachment here and there in the last 8 posts, but now I plan to explore another view on attachment that you may or may not have thought about.
Enter the four truths of Buddhism.
First of all, not suffering can be very difficult. Obviously there are things that are out of your control that happen directly to you that will cause suffering, which is especially true for the lower class of humans.
The list of Noble truths are below:
- Suffering exists
- Suffering arises from attachment to desires
- Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases.
- Freedom of suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path.
I am not going to go into each one of these or the Eightfold path, but I have provided a link to read if you like as there may be a post here for another day. Suffice to say, these truths are based on one overlooked idea or should I say truth of human existence: everything exists in time and will eventually be transformed into another type of energy.
When you don’t get what you want, you can suffer. When you get what you don’t want, you can suffer. And how about this: When you get what you want, you can still suffer. Why is that? Because everything is temporary. Ephemeral in relation to the age and expanse of the Universe.
You favorite TV series is on, then it’s over till next season(maybe). You have a grand baby you love to play with, but she will grow up. And of course, you live and then you die.
They say that you should enjoy every moment as if it were your last for a reason, but not the reason you would think which is you could die at any moment, but because you should not be attached to an outcome or thing. You should enjoy right now. Not the pizza you are eating or the scotch you are drinking or the car you are driving because then you are attached to that object, that outcome. That pizza will be gone, the bottle will be empty, that car could go away.
This is not your fault. You were trained at a young age to believe that things are attached to happiness. We are used to having our lives interpreted for us, but we just don’t know it. It’s all beliefs and conditioning in our heads. Outside influences direct us to where we should look and what we should care about.
Now here is another idea for you: As a human, you give everything around you meaning. This also came from our beliefs and conditioning while growing up. Those meanings are most likely what you grew up with, too.
But you know what? You can change that meaning. You just have to be conscious enough to do it.
More in the next post. I think your brain needs a rest. Or maybe mine does.
But as usual please do not hesitate to share and comments and give me kudos if you would like. I encourage it.