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The Four Noble Truths and the End of Suffering
Do our achievements give us the expected prized feelings that should perpetuate with successes, or do we have the empty after affect feeling of “well is that it then, whats next”?
The wealth that Buddha left us with the Four Noble Truths will provide the answers whenever we feel empty in whatever we are trying to achieve.
Through the power of choice, wanting something ‘more’ has become a unique human evolutionary trait that engenders a continual exploration or search for new and inspirational ideas. It is a trait that intrinsically defines goals and achievements where doubts and fears emerge to be either faced, to initiate real growth, or left in place, to be added to an accumulation of self-talk that causes inaction and unnecessary suffering.
Our searching can be sharpened with an enthusiastic reflection on past deep resonating spiritual truths to find our purpose and imbue whatever we do with a passionate embrace. One of the most profound truths to immerse yourself in is the wealth the Buddha left us in his teachings. It is a truth that can dissolve doubts and fears and resolve any unfinished business to end our suffering.
Jesus gave us a source of wisdom, love and compassion, that is timeless and endues the passing of history. Gandhi inspired us with his acts of civil disobedience and by being the reforming catalyst of change in India. The 13th century Persian poet Rumi captivated us with beautiful words that still have the timeless quality of transcending us beyond the confines of our mind and into our hearts.
Jesus, Gandhi and Rumi’s legacy are forged in history and words like “Do unto others as you would do unto yourself”, and “Be the change you want to see in the world”, and “The wound is the place where the light enters you”, will always resonate on a deep level.
There have been many others that have given us their thought inspiring wisdom, but the simplicity that the Buddha gave us with the Four Noble Truths is a testament to the clarity of his mind in understanding the greatest need of all, which is simply to ‘end suffering’.
The first noble truth is the recognition of suffering but it remains one of the greatest barriers to personal growth and world peace. Without this recognition we may find it difficult to access the precious gift of emotions and without that gift the wisdom of all the noble truths, or any other life changing truth, is left undiscovered.
Emotions are our eternal salvation but sadly our attention is drawn away from them more and more. The focus on the internal is unconsciously replaced by the external and the addictive attraction of materialism and keeping busy. Our rapidly shrinking attention span is an indicator of how excessively busy we are becoming. Our focus then suffers and goals become harder to achieve.
The internal is where we can become consciously aware of the opposing emotional extremes of fear and love. With this awareness as our main focus, the second noble truth can be accessed and we are then able to see the cause of suffering. With courage and an attentive and committed effort we can then enter into the third noble truth, the end of suffering.
Once the ability is created to end suffering, the fourth noble truth instinctively follows, and that is, to stay on the path of no suffering. It requires constant vigilant attention to create the ability and you cannot but help to love yourself more for all your efforts. It is an effort full of rewards that are saturated with inspirational choices for the higher good. In the tranquility of self-love, inner peace becomes like a compassionate evolving companion.
Love Yourself, Love what you do, Love Life.
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