Three Truths and One Wish

morningpractice1. Truth: The First Noble Truth of Buddhism is “life is suffering.” A better translation might be that life is uncomfortable. Things don’t go as we planned, don’t turn out the way we want. And the causes and conditions that impact how things work are complicated and mostly out of our control, even as we experience the consequences.

2. Truth: I don’t know what I’m doing. Add that to the fact that life is suffering, is uncomfortable, and it can seem pretty discouraging, but I’m not going to give up. I’ll keep trying.

3. Truth: There is so much to do. The list is so crazy long it seems impossible, but then I remember I don’t have to do it all at once. I can focus simply on what’s next, take one simple step.

One wish: That however we might be uncomfortable, we don’t give up. May our surrender to our discomfort and not knowing, and the awareness that we are together in these conditions ease our suffering.

6 thoughts on “Three Truths and One Wish

  1. Rita

    I suspect we are living similar sorts of days right now, so yes: we are not alone. I keep reminding myself that all things pass. I hope your discomforts pass quickly.

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Isn’t it funny how it can be comforting to know that as we suffer, so do others, and that we aren’t alone in it? I’m also coming to terms with the fact that while this particular discomfort will pass, another will come to fill its place, and the real work is to be okay with the discomfort, rather than relieving it altogether. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, from Chogyam Trungpa, “The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.” ❤


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