We suffer in many ways; trauma, loss, comparison, cruelty, the constant pursuit of “happiness”. This list could go on and on.
I read a lot and often times read from multiple books. At one point, both of the books I was reading discussed suffering and how we suffer as beings. As I am reading these books I find myself dismissing the subject, thinking how I don’t need this because I’m not suffering. I have no major health issues (thankfully), a supportive family, loving boyfriend, a roof over my head etc., but in reality I cause my own suffering in my head and my heart.
I suddenly realized I create unhappiness by focusing on everything I could, should, or would be doing if not for (insert list of reasons). I focus on what I DON’T have rather than what I DO. I focus on how happy these other people look on social media and how much greater their lives MUST be. I focus on all of these things rather than accepting that I’m exactly where I need to be in this point of my life. These are false beliefs we have ingrained in ourselves. These are lies.
Take your suffering, learn from it, grow from it. Whether you’re suffering is physical, an illness, a loss, or mental, like what I am working through, take this moment and learn from yourself.
No mud, no lotus.
No suffering, no happiness.