If you are anything like me, then I’m sure you have sat back plenty of times and thought to yourself “why me?”.
Well, the truth is, everyone has certain things that they struggle with. Whether it’s disease, addictions, abuse etc. Everyone struggles with certain things in life, but it just so happens that in our case, chronic illnesses are the cards that we have been dealt.
I look at it like this; when faced with difficult challenges, we can either overcome or succumb. It is completely up to us to decide what we want to make of this situation. Do you want to be someone who overcame a chronic illness, or do you want to be just another poor soul who decided to give in to their struggle?
According to Buddhism, we living beings are trapped in the cycle of existence known as samsara. In samsara, we wander aimlessly and experience unbearable suffering—day and night, year after year, life after life—because of the tight grip of our grasping at self. In order to heal this “disease-like” condition, first we have to find its cause, and then we apply the medicine-like path of training to restore our original good health, which is enlightenment.
I’m not saying you have to turn to Buddhism or any religion for that matter, but what I am saying is that we need to stop and think about what is causing us suffering. Is it Addiction? Cheating? Abuse? Disease?
Whatever the issue is, we need to find it’s cause. For example, if addiction to gambling is what you are struggling with, find the cause and “apply the medicine”. Actively avoid any triggers that remind you of gambling. Train yourself to push the thoughts of gambling out of your head.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy either. It’s actually probably going to be very difficult, but the more you apply the “medicine of training” the easier it gets. I know, because 2 months ago, I couldn’t even go one hour without thoughts of suicide due to my illness. However, I stuck to what Buddha was trying to teach. When I felt dark thoughts creeping in, I would tell myself that suicide is never an option. I would do everything that I could to push those thoughts out of my head and eventually, it got easier.
I still struggle, but it isn’t a constant daily struggle anymore. I promise, if you have self discipline and stick it out and accept your situation, you will start to notice some positive changes in your life as I have.
“The root of suffering is attachment.”
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