quotes-suffering-fear-thich-nhat-hanh-480x480To achieve the highest state of contentment and consciousness is what I am striving for and what I pray for all of you.  I’ve come to know this state to be one of freedom and blissful inner quiet.  No core complications, turmoil or entanglements.

Not physically though.  We won’t achieve that here on the physical plain unless we all unanimously go to a higher spiritual level together, at the same time, and at the same intervals.  Since we are all at different degrees of growth and enlightenment, we will, unfortunately, experience complications on the physical level.

Complications on the physical plain are unavoidable; but, suffering is optional.  I would even dare to say that it is unnecessary.

When I speak of suffering, I am referring to the constant struggle going on inside.  The obsession with the past, fears regarding the future, and unhealthy attachments to desired outcomes.

“If you are suffering in your life right now, I guarantee that this condition is tied up with some kind of attachment to how you think things should be going.”  

~Wayne Dyer

The Meriam-Webster dictionary provides that suffering implies conscious endurance of pain or distress.  The implication then is that you can awaken to the fact that you can mentally transcend suffering.   Instead, you can let go and make the conscious decision to choose a different state of being.

So, I offer to you a choice that was here all along.  An alternative to suffering.  Peace.

In the midst of whatever storms or complications that this life may yield, there can be peace.  On the mental plain, you can have ultimate peace and tranquility no matter what is happening around you.  When peace comes, change will soon follow and often the change you may have been seeking.

The Apostle Paul, Christian evangelist and teacher, achieved this freedom of contentment and peace.  One can only imagine the inner turmoil, guilt, and self-deprecation that he must have experienced having spent many years persecuting, mocking and even killing Christians prior to his own spiritual transformation.

However, he said that in whatever state he found himself, he had learned to be content (Philippians 4:11).  You see… he didn’t always have that inner contentment that he spoke of.  He had to “learn” to be content.  That meant he struggled some before he came to the realization that suffering was optional.  He learned that suffering was not something that he had to accept as his fate.  He made the choice to choose peace at his core no matter the situation or circumstance.  He decided that on the inside, he would relinquish the hold on the outcome and all of his own neurosis and just be content.

Contentment is not something that you acquire, achieve, earn or buy.  It is a state of being that you allow.  In this state, neurotic struggles cease and rest persists.  Suffering is optional; but, then again, so is peace.

Which state will you consciously choose?



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