A friend of mine reminded me of this:
When I experience distress……
Ask myself: Do I want to be free from suffering?
Wait for the answer.
Then ask the same of the suffering itself: Do you want to be free from suffering? (Ask this of the sensation that you experience as suffering.)
In most cases, the answer to both is a yes.
We are on the same team. Recognizing this helps to release the additional suffering of seeing the suffering itself as an enemy. We both wish to be free from this suffering. We both wish to be free from the discomfort.
I think he said this one is from Pamela Wilson.
- I want to be free from the discomfort, the uncomfortable sensation wants to be free from discomfort
- we are on the same team
- does the contraction/sensation want to be free from the suffering? do you want to be free from the suffering? you are on the same team