Suffering

I posted this as a reflection to my Instagram a year ago. I have migrated to this delightful world called WordPress. This is an excerpt from Thomas Merton’s autobiography Seven Storey Mountain.

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“Indeed, the truth that many people never understand,
until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid
suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and
more insignificant things begin to torture you, in
proportion to your fear of being hurt.
The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the
end, the one who suffers the most: and his suffering
comes to him from things so little and so trivial that
one can say it is no longer objective at all.
It is his own existence, his own being, that is at once
the subject and the source of his pain, and his very
existence and consciousness are his greatest torture.
This is another of the great perversions by which the
devil (Ego) uses our philosophies to turn our whole nature
inside out, and eviscerate all our capacities for good,
turning them against ourselves.”

I feel blessed to have been guided by Grace to endeavor to acknowledge and embrace my discomfort and “suffering” and have emerged on the other side the better for it.

“And now for something completely different” listen and be with whatever arises

 

 

Published by jeffw5382

Stumbling spiritual pilgrim on my way from here to here. Recovered Addict, US Navy Veteran. Sharing my journey of self discovery, in the spirit of service, generosity and gratitude.

13 thoughts on “Suffering

  1. Indeed a beautiful reflection, pain, suffering, emotions, understanding, one can only understand true pain once one has lost. Relationships work family this is what our lives evolve around. Distressed disappointment is something that every human being goes through I agree! But the biggest pain is seeing a sibling pass! I lost my mom in 2014 and my father in 2016. Both to illness, what we suffer or believe we suffer is nothing compared to seeing someone on their deathbed understanding and feeling their pain! The devil as God work in mysterious ways I believe if we follow the right path the devil will no longer follow us be grateful for every moment in your life why are you still live in breathe, for this is priceless!

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