Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dealing with Hard Times

Everyone comes to a point in their life when the world seems too hard. I reached that moment in my final year of high school. I had hit the wall.

'The wall' is a moment in your life when you can’t see your future; You don’t even know what you want for your future. A barrier lies between you and the vision of the life you want; you have built a wall. The walls are a manifestation of fear, walls prevent one from seeing a future, a solution. To get through the wall, one doesn’t require breaking it down or climbing over. One needs to look outside themselves and learn too see the path that lays hidden. The right path is hidden in fear. You might call the path karma; a natural path.

The walls of fear that traps us and cause suffering is a natural part of life.  Buddhists believe in ‘The Four Noble Truths’ the Buddhist philosophy explaining suffering. Buddhism explains it like this
“To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in. During our lifetime, we inevitably have to endure physical suffering such as pain, sickness, injury, tiredness, old age, and eventually death; and we have to endure psychological suffering like sadness, fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression” -
The first noble truth, from The Big View

I found comfort in knowing that suffering is normal. The feeling of pain and unconnectedness is a stage that everyone encounters. Using this knowledge helped give meaning to how I was feeling. I came to understand my pain was a normal part of life.

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