Posted by: Upāsaka | 11/29/2017

Training in Hardship

The world outside provides more and more reason to train myself in the Dhamma with each passing day. But, in addition to training the mind to incline or towards release, my current situation as a father of the and husband of one, necessitates that I take some time to train myself in much more mundane areas.

What happens when things go bad with the economy? If there’s another hurricane like Sandy? A terrorist attack? How do I prepare myself to do the best for my family in such situations while staying true to the Dhamma? For me, crazy as it may seem, much of it revolves around learning as much as I can about wilderness and survival medicine and techniques. When Sandy hit I was lucky to have prepared somewhat but it’s not hard to imagine a situation like that which is occurring right now in Puerto Rico happening here.

Helping myself and others is pay and parcel of the path stop it only mashes sense to prepare for bad situations now, if only as a way of quelling anxiety about our future. Unfortunately, I think any skills I can learn now are going to be very much needed in a short time.

So, to get to the point, in addition to learning about medicine ave survival techniques I’m also trying to push myself beyond my limits both to see how I react add acclimate myself. In addition to my fasting and 16:8 restriction I have been taking only cold showers for months. Last night I added a little sleep depriving to the mix bring staying up till almost midnight add rising myself at 4:30am. I hope to add one night a week without more than an hour of sleep (most of which I intend to spend in mediation) to get used to operating on little to no sleep when necessary. It may be foolhardy but I believe that much of getting through any difficult time has to do with one’s mental toughness. And, what better way to train than through hardship?


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