Life! It can throw all of us a curve-ball.
Unforeseen or unwelcoming circumstances can be difficult to understand and deal with. It can help to understand the mind with its desire, habits and beliefs.
Yoga and Buddhism tell us that desire is the root of suffering; rid the desire and rid the suffering. If you want an apple and someone hands you a broccoli, you may be slightly disappointed, just a little suffering. You can either put the broccoli down and get an apple yourself, or you can just change your mind, your desire, and you are satisfied.
Of course, life is more complicated than receiving broccoli when you want an apple and just simply changing your mind. Although, understanding this root of suffering, the desire, can still help. Yoga and Buddhism do not teach that all desire is bad, just that it is the root of suffering.
Dig deep to the root. Understand the desire. If the desire is out of alignment with love, compassion and supporting of life, then maybe change the desire. If your desire is loving, compassionate and life supporting: keep it. Even if the root of suffering is caused by an external situation, you can still find an inkling of comfort so that your desire is in alignment.
There is no way around some suffering, sometimes we just need to get through it. Once we are through it, usually it has taught us a valuable lesson.
Dealing with suffering…one way I am dealing with suffering is to take a break. Take 10 or 20 minutes, sit, take a break and forget.
The most important thing is to remember that you are forgetting in order to create a greater contrast, a greater appreciation of small or mundane things.
There is no argument that this life is a miracle. The breath, that we barely acknowledge, keep us alive. The trees that all animals could not survive without. The atmosphere, the space, the huge area that the Earth is floating in.
When you sit, forget everything. Forget that the grass is green, or the sky is blue and forget your troubles. Forget your name and the space you are taking up; and do all of this to create a deeper contrast, a deeper appreciation for this beautiful and sometimes mundane world we live in.
Love, Andy