Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 03/18/2019

Taking on Suffering

I picked up my father in law from the airport lady night and when we got to his house we ate dinner together. He comes from a culture where the food is served with lots of hot peppers as condiments and, as much as I love them, I know I should leave them on the table. Once again I failed to take my own advice and I’ve had an upset stomach all morning.

Not sure what it is about this kind of pain but it can feel particularly debilitating. Still, I had the inspiration to dedicate my suffering as a substitute for the suffering of all beings in general and in particular to those with similar ailments. And, despite an initial feeling of being overwhelmed and dizziness, it actually send to have belief to give meaning to the senseless suffering.

May this pain serve as a substitute for the postings of all beings. May I experience this pain so that other beings may be freed of their own.

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