My intention for today was pure potential. When I come from a place of love, it never fails me. With an open heart and an open mind, it was a day of connection and spiritual oneness.
Today I gave contemplation to The Four Noble Truths:
- Life means suffering.
- The origin of suffering is attachment.
- The cessation of suffering is attainable.
- The path to the cessation of suffering.
One, check. I get it. Life is suffering – mine, yours, his, and hers. Three, I believe the cessation of suffering is attainable (if we choose it!). What I had not put into the exact words is Truth #2: the origin of suffering is attachment.
The post titled, “Celebrate the Tall Poppy” discusses the significance of our subconscious paths and patterns, and now I am able to add further clarity. It is not the path in and of itself, but our attachment to the path, which is the origin of our suffering (discomfort, dis-ease, tension).
Attachments come in many shapes and sizes – people, relationships, things, beliefs, and feelings – and are fear-based. The applicable life lesson here is the less attachments we hold, the less suffering we experience. When we experience suffering, we may choose to let go of the attachment and free our self of suffering.
“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” ~Buddha
Releasing attachments and their sufferings requires awareness with action-awareness of the attachments and love. Love is the source and path to change and growth. Less fear and more love is the practice of a simplified life.
Before I left today, the energy of our home had shifted from mom’s to dad’s. I noticed that things were out of order and I was becoming discontent, and even slightly anxious (ie. suffering). During my time away, I realized: I am attached to order. And, the cessation of my suffering is available to me for the asking.
One, I recognized that “order” is my attachment, not my husband’s. Therefore, I will not expect the same order from him. Two, I can simplify the amount of things in our home, so there is less to dis-order. Three, I can lovingly return my state of order. (I was away for 5 hours, and it took approximately 12 minutes to return order today).
Because I believe order provides me more pleasure than pain, I choose to not remove order from my life. However, I have increased my awareness of it and its role in my life. Awareness decreases that attachment and enables me to control it, rather than it control me.
What attachments are causing suffering in your life? What one attachment would you like to increase awareness of and lessen your suffering from?
Cultivating Love & Peace,