Reader comment on Charlotte Joko Beck's passage ...
On Dec 22, 2009 linda wrote:|
At first glance,this sounds to me like "Life sucks, then you die...", but on further consideration, I realize that rallying against suffering doesn't end it, it perpetuates it. Anything you put your mind to becomes bigger and stronger. If you accept this suffering as a temporary hardship - no wallowing, rallying, screaming - you can see it for what it is. Suffering is a learning opportunity.
If you can accept your current circumstances and work to maintain your inner balance, you will most likely gain something - compassion if nothing else- from the experience. The trick to accepting suffering is to avoid the trap of allowing it to become your life story, to keep my original perspective - "Life sucks then you die"- from becoming your truth. How about "Life is bumpy, then it smoothes out..."?