Purpose in suffering

 

As long as you think suffering has a purpose, you’ll suffer.

– Adyashanti, paraphrased

We can find meaning in suffering, and that can be helpful. It can be comforting and help us reorient and reframe.

At the same time, as long as I hold any meaning in suffering tightly, I’ll keep suffering. I’ll keep returning to suffering. I’ll hold onto suffering as something precious.

I’ll keep returning to suffering. I’ll hold onto suffering as something precious.

I’ll hold onto suffering as something precious.

That’s why it’s helpful to question any and all of my stories about meaning in suffering.

It may even be essential if I wish to find some freedom around suffering, and not keep pulling myself into it as if it gives me something vital.

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Initial notes….

  • can find meaning etc. in suffering
  • and also see that there really isn’t any inherent meaning in it
  • when see the reality of it more clearly, then more free to soften/fall away

That’s why it’s helpful to question any and all of my stories about meaning in suffering. It may even be essential unless I wish to continue to be wedded to suffering as something precious to me.

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