Commitment and Suffering
We need commitment and clarity to live a satisfying life and to be able to do what needs to be done; Some examples are:- Helping ease the suffering in ourselves and others, Environmental issues, commitment to a job; family; to a partner; to helping others; commitment to our own deepest values; to practice and be honest; also commitment to keeping our priorities of what is important in this life clear. When we do commit to something important, then comes more opportunities to open into, we are enriched and life opens out in different ways. So commitment is important, but with commitment and involvement we are also opened to the possibility of more challenges and difficulties, so compassion, courage, perseverance, patience and insight are important. Our life is in continual flux, never static. If clarity, freedom, equanimity, deep joy, peace, wisdom and compassion are valuable and important for you, then regular Zazen (Meditation) practice, and commitment to that has no other equal. ie: Bum on seat is the only way. It’s also valuable and enriching to come together, to join and practice with like minded people; isolation and separation is not the way.
“Recognize, or see the barrier, then BE the barrier.”
John Daido Loori
Wherever you are is the entry point.
“When you learn how to suffer, you suffer much less”.
Thich Nhat Hanh