Life is itself suffering. None of the conditions in life is permanent or controllable. We indulge ourselves in all kinds of pleasure to try to hide away from the constant chattering of the mind. It is because this constant chattering of the mind remind us about the fragile nature of life.
Suppressing the mind will only bring us temporary peace. There will always be a moment that we have to face the reality. However, following the crazy mind, looking into the chattering, and taking this chattering too seriously will make us crazy. So how should we deal with suffering? Rather than using the natural fight or flight response, we should embrace it. We do not hate it or like it, but we observe it.
Suffering is actually our biggest teacher. It is our true friend. It reminds us how precious each moment of life is because it is not permanent. It remind us to treasure our loved ones because they won’t stay forever. It reminds us to let go because holding on to things or perceptions will make us suffer more. When we are able to let go, true happiness and inner peace will visit us.
When we come back to ourselves and spend some time alone, listen to this chattering mind. We can observe it and see how it changes. If suffering shows up, we say hello to it and acknowledge it with a smile. Then we are ready to learn some life-transforming lessons. 🙂