Suffering

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I got a good chunk of reading done this morning on the train. According to Sartre, we as humans must be perpetually suffering because we are for itself (consciousness), but we have access to the in-itself but we can’t ever be in- itself. I am not sure I really understand that but it did make me think about meditation. Meditation is basically an attempt to empty your mind (something I have never been very successful at), but there are some people who are very good at it. I was thinking it might be possible to voluntarily surrender ones consciousness. Something to think about I guess.

I didn’t get any sewing done on the train because we were all crammed in like sardines and I didn’t want to be nudging people with my elbows. I did get two blocks done when I got home today though. They were quite simple ones, but still quite pretty.

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4 responses »

  1. Suffering is unavoidable. We chose how to interpret suffering. Suffering ceases to be suffering the moment it finds a meaning. We can find meaning in it, to make us noble by turning a tragedy into a triumph, by seeing a hopeless situation as a growth experience.

    • If it stops being suffering the moment it finds meaning doesn’t that make it avoidable? At the very least we aren’t suffering anymore. Or perhaps we just find something else to suffer over.

  2. We can choose unconditional meaning, feel valuable with a sense of dignity and usefulness in the present, in spite of the suffering.

    We find meaning through seeing possibilities against a background of realities to become aware of what can be done about our situation. What can be done through creating relationships, accomplishing work, growing via experience.

  3. Meditation is not, in yoga at any rate, an attempt to empty the mind. It is an attempt to be only in the moment, to experience the true self, and to seek unity with the divine. Not having thoughts is not required. It is required only to obeserve the thoughts with detachment, and not get caught up in them. i suspect that Buddhist meditation may be a little different.

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