Posted by: Upāsaka | 04/29/2015

The Comfort Trap

In so many ways I have so much to be grateful for so I think it is wise to pause and reflect on that fact before continuing. I have never been without food, shelter, clothing or medicine. I have rarely been without a myriad conveniences and luxuries. And I know no one personally who has. So what is the problem? Why are so many of us so terribly unhappy?

Perhaps I overstate the car and it may be that most people are happy with the current state of affairs but I, for one, find this life of material excess to be forever unsatisfactory. Am I ungrateful? Perhaps but I believe it also points to the fact that my priorities are all wrong. As a being wanting happiness I often confuse pleasure and comfort with true and lasting freedom from suffering. Doing so in this lifetime has certainly made me weaker and more prone to take selfish and shortsighted actions. How much more so is this the case when we consider that we have been acting in this mean and unenlightened way for countless eons?

May I learn to see discomfort as the knife sees the stone or the impure ore the flames of the furnace. May I embrace discomfort with wisdom and compassion so that I may train myself to put an end of suffering.


Responses

  1. “May I learn to see discomfort as the knife sees the stone or the impure ore the flames of the furnace. May I embrace discomfort with wisdom and compassion so that I may train myself to put an end of suffering”

    So beautiful and so amazingly brilliant

    • Yes! I was about to quote the same line and you beat me to it. Very beautifully written, poignant, effective. Well done!

  2. Reblogged this on Journey of Mind & Body and commented:
    “if the only prayer you ever said in your life was “thank you”, that alone would suffice.”


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