“Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders like the blue sky, the sunshine, he eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. Hey are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.
“If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot shape peace and happiness with others. … If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. Do we need to make a special effort to enjoy the beauty of the blue sky? No, we just enjoy it. … Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, even the sensation of our breathing. … It would be a pity if we are only aware of suffering.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Suffering is Not Enough
Hahn used this title on the first chapter of his book, Being Peace. The quote is from that chapter. As he says, life is full of suffering. If we ourselves are not suffering ,we can look around and see others suffering. We shouldn’t ignore that suffering. Neither should we dwell on it constantly. A spiritual person needs to be a person of joy, peace, and love. We need to look around us and see those things. Changing suffering isn’t done by dwelling on it. We change it by dwelling on the good in life and helping it to expand until it pushes all suffering away.
We all know of many saints, holy people, and spiritual leaders who went through what is called “The Dark Night of the Soul”. Some believe it is not possible to have a spiritual awakening without going through such as experience. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, some young people are intentionally seeking out suffering so they can have their dark night. This is unnecessary, and may actually have the opposite effect to that desired. The person may become hardened and embrace a more materialistic life rather than having a spiritual awakening. Many suffer, most of them do not have a spiritual awakening. Continue reading “Suffering is not Necessary for Spiritual Growth”