Why do we Suffer?
All of our life’s problems or suffering comes about through our attachment. Our attachment to the positive but we also the attachment to the negative in our lives.
Buddhism explains it like this
We experience the world around us through our 5 senses, sound, taste, touch, sight and hearing. These are then identified in our 6th sense, that of our concioisness, and we only experience things in three ways. Everything has either a negative reaction within us, a positive reaction within us or has no reaction whatsoever neutral.
We attach our thinking to both the negative and positive. Which creates thoughts and then we attach to those thoughts and then attached to those thoughts and so on, and so on, leading us on a right merry little dance.
Let’s take the smell of shit as an example. (Hoping the word Shit has bought back your focus) 😂
So when we smell shit for example, the smell is just a smell experienced with the nose, the nose does not know it is smelling shit, that is the process of the consciousness to identify, to label that which comes in through the 5 senses. Our consciousness through its experiences with life attaches itself to either the negative or positive. In this case negative, almost everyone’s instant reaction is to screw up your face in disgust and to pull away from smelling such a monstrosity.
However it is not the smell that disturbs you but your mind that disturbs the smell. The smell is just a smell, the nose does not know it is smelling shit, it is the mind that identifies what it is smelling and experiences it either negatively, positively or natural. (Based on previous experiences) It is our attachment, in this case to the negative, which gives rise to a reaction, screwing your face up (I don’t like that smell) which then produces another reaction, pulling away, then another, exclaiming that it stinks, and so on and so forth. Which is why this process is sometimes referred too as if it’s like ripples across a lake, ever decreasing circles.
To see this merry little dance we practice meditation, we become security guards if you like, at our very own front door to our senses, watching as one sense impressions comes and goes, another comes and goes. We see the attachment and the further ripples this creates,
This slowly leads to a realisation that everything is impermanent, every breath we take, thought we have, sense impression that entertains, all come and go, come and go. We see as clear as daylight it’s this clinging or attachment to something that is continuously moving, impermanent and always changing that causes us to suffer unnecessarily and sometimes immensely. We learn to let go so very naturally.
Peace naturally fills the mind because it’s not always running this way or that, it settles, it’s still, we then experience the world through a state of pure bliss and peace. This is sometimes referred to as being like a still lake, reflecting the brilliance of the sun or moon because we are causing no more ripples across its surface.
Learn more about this ancient art form called Mediation & Mindfulness
*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational teacher of mindfulness and meditation techniques through the art of storytelling. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness and the everyday problems we face.