(from travel journal dated Friday October 1, 2010)
Got up early today and happy as I assumed that the Internet was back up and that I could get a ton of work done. Very eager to get some of the women’s conference work done but foiled again!!! No Internet still!
I realized I came here to face my fears. I keep trying to be in denial of it because it just doesn’t seem to make sense…this is not what I came for. I came to write and to escape but am slowly beginning to accept that there is no escape. Suffering is everywhere…even in paradise. Buddha says suffering is inevitable, this is one of the 4 noble truths.
I also just realized how once again my fear exists in my ego. This is not supposed to be about me. I forgot that my job as an artist is to sacrifice myself on the altar of creativity. When I look at it like this I am unafraid I am on a mission and prepared to die. I’m living my vision right here and now by being here and I don’t even want to realize this. I had a vision to travel and write and paint. I’m sitting here in a little hut in the tropics with no AC with my laptop on this small wooden table. It is raining steadily outside. It seems that it has been raining for 10 days straight.
Sitting with yourself can be very challenging. I continually want to change my situation but am learning that this is futile so I’m considering the below…
The Four Noble Truths were the first teaching of Gautama Buddha after attaining Nirvana. They are sometimes considered to contain the essence of the Buddha’s teachings:
- Life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering/uneasiness (dukkha) in one way or another.
- Suffering is caused by craving. This is often expressed as a deluded clinging to a certain sense of existence, to selfhood, or to the things or phenomena that we consider the cause of happiness or unhappiness. Craving also has its negative aspect, i.e. one craves that a certain state of affairs not exist.
- Suffering ends when craving ends. This is achieved by eliminating delusion, thereby reaching a liberated state of Enlightenment (bodhi);
- Reaching this liberated state is achieved by following the path laid out by the Buddha. (Wikepedia)
What are your thoughts on the above? Is suffering an inevitable part of life as a human and do you accept this or attempt to change it? Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts.
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