For the most part, our everyday suffering is not caused by tragic events of the heart, but rather by insults—real or imagined—to our ego story. Suffering is the response to these imagined attacks that interfere with what we want and what we feel we need. Fortunately, we can learn to let go of these conditioned responses and view suffering as a delusional idea. We can choose not to collect suffering memorabilia to paste into our scrapbooks. Since our personal story is only made up of ideas, we can learn to release these ego-insults and let them float away like helium balloons. Or, as Ken Wilber would say, if you don’t want to suffer, “ditch the small self.” We the authors would say, “Give up the story—the story of ME.”It's interesting to view suffering as the result of the mind poison of delusion. But that makes sense. Remember, if we identify the attachment and then let go of it, suffering dissolves.
Friday, March 09, 2007
"Ditch the small self"
Here's an interesting observation about suffering from The End of Suffering: Fearless Living in Troubled Times by Russell Targ and J.J. Hurtak, Ph.D: