Awkward, uncomfortable and painful

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Coastline, The Snares
Photograph by Frans Lanting
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It is easy to be relaxed, calm when things are pleasant in our life.
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Our mindfulness practice prepares us for the uncomfortable, awkward and painful experiences.
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Unless we can witness our suffering without grasping, distorting or avoiding, our pleasant moments will disappear.
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Can we exist in a calm state when we are exposed to the awkward, uncomfortable or painful situation?
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We must endure the difficult parts of life or happiness will never be a companion.
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Happiness is not a space where our external world is constantly pleasant, easy and rewarding.
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Happiness can endure suffering and continue to be part of the daily fabric of our life.
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Hardship and loss are part of everyone’s life, we deteriorate and die eventually.
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Matthew Ricard describes it this way:
“It is therefore always better to familiarize ourselves with and prepare ourselves for the kind of suffering we are likely to encounter, some of which will be unavoidable, such as illness, old age, and death, rather than to be caught off guard and sink into anguish. A physical or moral pain can be intense without destroying our positive outlook on life. Once we have acquired inner well-being, it is easier to maintain our fortitude or to recover it quickly, even when we are confronted externally by difficult circumstances. Does such peace of mind come simply because we wish it to? Hardly. We don’t earn our living just by wishing to. Likewise, peace is a treasure of the mind that is not acquired without effort.”
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