buddhism

Life is Suffering

Life is Suffering

We’ve talked about mindfulness as it relates to Islam.  And, in our next podcast, we’re taking a break from that – we’re going to be talking about mindfulness as it relates to Judaism.  However, if we get back to the Buddha and what he talks about – the first noble truth of the Buddha is that life is suffering.  The original word in Sanskrit, Mike, for suffering is called dukkha.  Let’s break down suffering, or dukkha.  Buddhists break it down into basically three (3) parts: dukkha dukkha – which is a sensation or a feeling that we get from the negative.  Negative physical, negative mental experiences.  And, where the Buddhism – where the mindfulness comes in – not necessarily Buddhism, is that we have a choice of accepting rather than revisiting the suffering and revisiting the pain.  We have a choice.  The second breakdown would be sankharra dukkha which is that the narrative of our mind is to describe experiences.  This is where the voice of suffering comes from, Mike, when we’re having negative experiences.  When we’ve had a negative thought – things have happened.  So, what happens in your mind? 

Am I Alive Check In

Am I Alive Check In

So, then you bring your hands up all over your body.  Take that tactile stimulation all over your body, Mike.  It’ll put you in touch with yourself.  It will let you know that you’re alive.  It’s in that present moment.  What we’re talking about here is ways to bring yourself into that present moment, to know the sheer existence, the sheer joy of existence, the sheer joy of being in that moment, Mike.  This is all about that mindfulness journey.  What we’re doing today is trying to help people get a better understanding and have a grasp on the tools and the skills that they can have to participate in this moment.  It’s easy to say, “Where are you at? And, what time is it?”  However, it’s another thing to actually know that, to feel it.  These are some of the ways that we can certainly do that.  Another way is, Mike, have you ever closed your eyes while you eat?