Three Causes of Suffering

by bryan maynard

Three things cause me to add suffering to my suffering in life:
1. Grasping for too much control (so that I try to prevent ALL suffering, which is impossible)
2. Avoiding suffering in an extreme manner (I get addicted to emotional states of ease and try to engineer a path that avoids ALL pain)
3. Identifying with my thoughts and emotions (as if thoughts and emotions cannot be separated from me, from who I am).

The sure way to add to suffering…something to watch and to consider in a mindful way.