Bits of yesterday’s post continue to linger. The thing about my pain intrigues me. My pain, get it? I assume ownership over something that’s transient, slippery, impermanent. So much depends on my mind state: when I feel unhappy (simplistically speaking) pain and mood feed each other, then torture me. When I’m happy, pain is just one aspect of experience, merely a sensation, waxing and waning. “Suffering is optional,” writes Zen teacher Ezra Bayda–
This may be hard to accept, especially when we are addicted to our suffering. But we don’t have to suffer our suffering! We can just observe it, experience it for what it is, and let it be (p.113).
This is not passivity or pseudo-detachment. We still need the discipline to stay present, to remain still. The discipline is to choose in each moment not to spin off, to choose to be precise in our labeling and in our self-observation. … The open mind that’s willing to look at whatever arises–that wants simply to know, to be with, to reside in the reality of the moment–is always accessible to us (p.112).
source: Bayda, E. (2003). Being Zen: bringing meditation to life. Boston: Shambala. image: wittgensteinforum.wordpress…