Life has some sobering aspects to it, and so does spiritual practice, and absence of spiritual practice.
Everything that can be lost will be lost.
This experience is gone as soon as it’s here, whether I like it or not, whether I try to hold onto it or not.
We inevitably get what we think we don’t want, don’t get what we think we want, and lose what we have that we think we want.
Everyone and everything I cherish will be gone. My loved ones will die. I will die.
Earth will end. Humanity will end. The Universe will end.
We are heading straight into an ecological bottleneck of our own making. We are getting the consequences of a worldview and way of life that doesn’t take ecological realities into account.
There is war. Suffering. Illness. Death.
No spiritual practice.
When mind identifies with thought, and takes it as true, we perceive and live as if it’s true. Suffering is inherent in this, and even synonymous with it.
Living from a perception of mainly or exclusively being this human self creates and is suffering.
Awakening includes having to face ones wounds, traumas, and a very primal dread and terror.
Awakening includes life setting up situations that requires us to live from our realization. If we don’t, we get the consequences and still can’t avoid having to do it at a later point.
Awakening requires us to chose our guidance over our shoulds and fears. Here too, we get the consequences of not doing it, and can’t escape having to more consistently living from our guidance at some point.
Seeing this, we also see that there is “no way out” but to find peace with what’s here. Allow it, and notice it is allowed. Welcome it. Find love for it, and notice it is love. And see through it. See how the mind creates the appearances, and the nature of delusion, and the nature of reality.
Also, each of these ideas are here to be questioned. Can I find the validity in the reversals of these ideas, with concrete and real examples from my own experience? Can I find life, death, suffering, illness, pain – when I examine immediate experience?