For a lot of us, we can look at others who seem to be struggling and say, ’Well, at least I’m not an addict. I’m not an alcoholic. I don’t abuse drugs.’ But truthfully almost all of us are addicts and the deepest thing we’re addicted to, our drug of choice, is actually suffering. The very thing we want to be without is the thing we’re addicted to, and that’s suffering.
Not many people will admit it. Not many people even want to know that they’re addicted to suffering, but when you look at it very sincerely, you’ll see that many of us have no idea how to live life without suffering. We have no idea how to interact, how to be, what to do with our time and energy if we weren’t suffering.
As I’ve mentioned, there is a piece of us that wants to suffer because it is through suffering that we maintain this wall of separation around us. It is through our suffering that we can continue to hold onto everything we think is true. Wearing the veil of suffering, we don’t really have to look at ourselves and say, ’I’m the one that’s dreaming. I’m the one that’s full of illusions. I’m the one that’s holding on with everything I have.’
When you have a deep profound sense of being, you’re not worried about the meaning of your life.
So many of us start along the spiritual path because we are suffering. But you must realise that for real healing to occur, there must first be deep compassion for yourself, especially the parts of yourself you dislike or consider ugly.
— Pema Chödrön
Only if we are still enough inside and the noise of thinking subsides can we become aware that there is a hidden harmony here, a sacredness, a higher order in which everything has its perfect place and could not be other than what it is and the way it is.
— Eckhart Tolle
True love does not just choose one person. When true love is there, you shine like a lamp. You don’t just shine on one person in the room. That light you emit is for everyone in the room. If you really have love in you, everyone around you will profit—not only humans, but animals, plants, and minerals. Love, true love, is that. True love is equanimity.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
To Love everyone Unconditionally is a Superpower. We need more Superheroes in the world.
— a Spiritual Warrior
You and I are as continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. The ocean waves, the universe peoples. But we have been hypnotized—literally hypnotized—into feeling and sensing that we exist as separate entities inside our own skin.
— Alan Watts