Avoidance of Suffering Creates What?
The young monk who had just joined the order a few weeks prior was having a personal interview with his teacher. Master he stated, "I have been sitting now for two weeks many hours per day and it has been difficult, so I wonder what are the benefits of me sitting like this for an entire year?" The old master brought her fingers to her chin and pondered for a moment before answering. "The benefits for you, will have been a full year of sitting." The student of course was hoping for something more that he could aim for something that felt substantial. That would make it all worth while.
We live in a world of instant gratification where we are constantly told do this and your life will be much more comfortable. Do we even ask if that is our real goal to simply be more comfortable? Is that your goal?
What if instead of being more comfortable and adjusting everything in your environment towards that end you sought another way to resolve it. What if slowly over time you began to change your views about comfort and discomfort. I am about to share a secret with you that will save you a lot of time and effort in this regard. Once we begin to seek comfort which is really avoidance of discomfort or suffering you will find that there is no end to this and that surprisingly you may find yourself facing more and more suffering.
So what can we learn from this that will help us live our lives more fully?
About the Author
I, James Barfoot, have mentored with a spiritual teacher over 20 years. Over 30 years of Tai Qi, Qi Gong and Zen training. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master NLP Practitioner with twelve years and thousands of success stories, I have the ability to guide you to the result you desire.
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