how darkness really feels

When we embark on a spiritual path, we must inevitably face the spiky question: Can we master our minds? Do we have power over the stream of thoughts that passes through us from morning till night? One day, in the midst of an anxiety attack, I went to see a doctor and told him about my state of generalized anxiety. When I told him I was afraid of everything, he replied, “You shouldn’t be.” Telling somebody suffering from anxiety that he should not be disturbed is like pissing in a violin- it doesn’t help at all, quite the contrary. The temptation fo voluntarism is always lurking, as if wanting to get out of it were really all it takes to succeed in doing it. The challenge is to discover and practice this exercise: let it pass. I dream of a doctor who encourages patients to train their minds, who transmits the concrete tools they need to help them to get through their torments.

~Alexandre Jollien

why you can never receive too much kindness….

inquiry for today~ there’s nothing I can say to despair- I can only allow and feel and heal well……

how to observe

Buddhism speaks of a type of suffering hat is even more imperceptible than the suffering connected with change. We sometimes have the vague, intuitive feeling hat nothing is ever satisfying, even when, purportedly, everything is there to make us happy. This is underlying suffering, connected to our distorted perception of reality. This inaccurate perception, in Buddhism, is one of the definitions of ignorance.

If we think things will last and that, in themselves, they are desirable or undesirable, beautiful or ugly, beneficial or harmful, then we are out of sync with reality, and the consequence of that can only be discontent. To the extent that we have not dispelled the fundamental ignorance that creates this gap between our perceptions and reality, we are doomed to suffering.

According to Buddhism, suffering has at least one good quality: it brings about disenchantment with regard to artificial happiness and incites us to liberate ourselves from the profound causes of unhappiness.

~Matthieu Ricard

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