I feel overwhelmed today with the suffering of this world. With the death of Shane, a young, passionate writer on WordPress, it has struck me deeply again.
I once saw suffering only as tremendous pain and loss. While it certainly is that, it can be understood on another level. Since last evening, after my night at the Mindfulness Center and our meditation on “Suffering,” I have come to see it in a different light. Now I understand suffering refers to the impermanence of people, things, and events in our lives.
Change is the only permanent thing. Nothing ever stays the same…a concept that I am sure I heard in songs over the sixty some years of my life, but never really understood the depth of that idea of which I do now. Buddha is quoted as saying, “I teach one thing only–that is suffering and the end of suffering.” I am not sure if I grasp that fully, but I believe that one thing that it can mean, is that if we see suffering as impermanence…then the time it will cease, is when we leave this life. Then it will end.
Of course there is more to life than suffering…there is much love…that sustains us and keeps us going. Without love, the world would have ceased long ago. Love convinces me that there is something or Someone greater than ourselves. I firmly believe that all of life exists in the Heart of God…and that Heart is Universal Love. And I believe when we leave Mother Earth our energy is not destroyed but returns to the Creator of Love. It is inevitable that we each will die. Death is escaped by no one. We can run and hide from it…but it is going to happen to each of us…and I am thinking that in our Western society, we tend to run from it with all that we have. Because we are so busy running, we fail to live in the moment. We are running from our own mortality. And why do we fear what will happen eventually? Perhaps if we resisted it less, we could live the present in a more fuller sense. We would not be running, but we would be living in the NOW.
I believe that the Loving God has taken my young friend, Shane, into Loving Arms. I think death is not permanent…just another change…into greater becoming.