An Insight into Suffering

Somewhere along the line we’ve convinced ourselves that suffering is bad and now we run for some crutch at the first sign of discomfort. We all have a crutch be it alcohol, drugs, shopping, religion, television, etc.. These activities prevent us from being present, from being open to all the experiences life has to offer. Using a crutch is running away from this moment. They do us no service, in fact, they hinder our development. We fear suffering so much that we have created a world bursting with distractions. There’s a string from every angle pulling us out of the present. Where have those distractions brought us? We have lost touch with our own strength, with our adaptability. Any experience slightly out of routine creates anxiety and stress within us. When this happens we immediately reach for something to bring us back to our comfort zone. Instead, what we must do is pause at the onset of suffering and observe the experience. There is no need to make judgements, neither good nor bad is happening, there is only what is. Practicing non-reactivity allows us to find the source of peace within ourselves.

Yoga Practice: Meditation

Meditation brings up all the dwells deep inside of us and grants us an opportunity to practice non-reactivity.

  • Find a quiet space where you can be alone
  • Sit either in a chair with feet flat on the floor or comfortably on the ground – in both instances make sure your spine is straight
  • Close your eyes
  • Breathe deeply into your lower abdomen
  • When you begin to feel any agitation, fear, anxiety, or unease do not judge it, just stay, do not attach notions of good or bad, do not reach for a crutch, remain present
  • Stay in meditation for 15 min


2 thoughts on “An Insight into Suffering

  1. Thank you for offering such wonderful, simple guidance 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind me commenting as I thought the following quote was fitting to your post…

    “Just go into the room, and put one chair in the center. Take the one seat in the center of the room, open the doors and windows, and see who comes to visit. You will witness all kinds of scenes and actors, all kinds of temptations and stories, everything imaginable. Your only job is to stay in your seat. You will see it all arise and pass, and out of this, wisdom and understanding will come.” ~ Ajahn Chah

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