Transcending suffering through love.
Although the nature or essence of love is a subject of frequent debate, different aspects of the word can be clarified by determining what isn’t love (antonyms of “love”). Love as a general expression of positive sentiment (a stronger form of like) is commonly contrasted with hate (or neutral apathy).
In addition to meditation and the exploration of kōans, one must also learn to conserve resources and balance them.
A Kōan (公案) is a dialogue, story, question, or statement which is used in Zen practice to provoke the “great doubt”, to practice or test a student’s progress in Zen, and bring them to a deep and profound understanding of the nature of love.
This can be of great value to an atheist or agnostic just as it may be for the deeply spiritual person. By merging many approaches, one is in a sense creating a post-modern monastery. Here one may enter a state of awareness where one has less stress, less anxiety, less greed, less concern for the mistakes of the past or expectations of the future, and a true and authentic sense of joy and happiness.
Why We Suffer
Some suffering is an expression of natural law — an essential tool for survival. For the unaware individual, it is often a negative experience, especially if this individual has made poor choices in the past.
On a fundamental level suffering is disruptive and at times necessary mental, emotional, psychological, and also a spiritual experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with harm or threat of harm. On the positive side, suffering can contribute to how you organize meaning in your emotional world and much more. One should never assume that all suffering is negative. The key is to understand which suffering is essential and which is a self-created illusion.
Compassion, one of the most worthy, and admired of human qualities; often comes from recognizing the suffering of others. Their suffering may present great meaning and direction to our own lives, motivating and also inspiring us to serve others through love, especially those in need. This service, in turn, creates a larger sense of community, and greater love.
What determines how intense our suffering is or will be? The origin and cause of suffering; its processes, the meaning it presents to the individual who seems to be suffering; it's related social, personal, and cultural behaviors; the knowledge of how to manage, reduce, or eliminate the suffering; and the benefits one might accrue for having suffered will all influence the intensity of that suffering. Add to this the frequency of each occurrence, plus the concurrence of mental, emotional, psychological, and also spiritual factors involved. Now by combining these with the duration of the suffering, and you have a wide range of experiences related to suffering.
This love grows over time. we understand the different types of love out there, we can become conscious of how deep our connection is with ourselves and the other people in our lives.
If you are to understand the meaning of your life it is essential that you explore how and why you suffer through the power of love.
While exploring the nature of love there few experiences more fulfilling than love, the love that is most closely associated with interpersonal relationships.
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