On the night of his enlightenment Buddha has attained insight on the following truths.
Buddha’s truth: There is suffering in life, such as dissatisfaction or unreliability. This makes us stress.
If we learn to understand it, we also learn to deal with it.
Added to this is that there is not only suffering in our lives. We experience daily pleasure,
such as love, joy, happiness. However, we also know that everything changes in life constantly.
And because everything is constantly changing there doesn’t exist enduring luckiness.
Even the body is subject of permanent alteration: we grow older and older and then we die. There are diseases and wars, people who are cruel to each other.
At the same time there is also love. If we give it some thoughts, we try to edge negative things away. Only the positive should encounter us in life. The plan doesn’t work out.
Often we do not get what we want, and again there is suffer. I have realized that things do not always remain new and exciting. Those are the facts of life.
Probably you might be wondering what is the cause for that?
Buddha’s Truth: The cause of suffering is the attachment to things, people, places, objects. You could call it also desire.
We do not want that anything changes. We desire this or that. We desire someone and believe we could not live without this person.
, Desire something’ leads to narrowing in the head as well in the heart.
Of course there exists also healthy desire e.g. the need for food or meditation.
Old age, sickness, death, pain , all this is inevitable in life of every human being.
We can train and get to know better our mind and our heart, watching our mind a bit more that he desires something while feeling our heart.
The ‘wanting’ is human like. We want something absolutely, we strive for it. If we get this “something” then we will be happy. And as soon as we got it, we already run to the next object of desire.
It can also be deceptive, following constantly a new request . We believe that if there is no gap arising between the desires, we will be happy. But deep inside us we know that this is not possible.
we are watching TV and suddenly we get the idea “I would like to have ice cream “. And quickly we are moving toward the freezer … there is no ice cream. So we run to the ice cream shop or to the kiosk, and on the way we meet the neighbours…they would like to chat with us. However, we are driven, on a mission, to reach the desired goal as soon as possible, to get the ice cream. Then we have bought it, we lick it … once, twice …and then it gets sweet, we start to count the calories, we need something to drink. We drink water and it is getting uncomfortable in the stomach.
Look … how this desire is becoming suffering. If we constantly have the need to hurry this desire, grief and stress arise.
Think about your favourite food: where is it now? Think about your last massage: where is it now? The food was delicious, it is already consumed. The massage was excellent, however, some time ago, it is no longer there, too.
It will be back again and it will be gone again. Next taste, next touch.
And so we chase the desire, more and more.
More about it in the mindful atelier http://www.mbsr-stressreduction.com
by Gloria Samadhi 9th July 2015 Austria