What is the purpose of life?
From the moment of birth, all humans want to discover happiness and reduce suffering.
From the core of our being, we simply desire joy and contentment. Sadly many of the things that undermine our joy and happiness are create by ourselves – such as negative tendencies of our mind, emotional reactivity, or from our inability to appreciate and utilize the resources that exist within us.
Joy subsumes happiness. A mother’s joy. She knows there will be pain, however she accepts the pain, and from that suffering is one of the most incredible feelings of joy.
If something can be done about the situation, what need is there for dejection? And if nothing can be done about it, what use is there for being dejected?
Reframing suffering with perspective
When we see things, we realise that not only do we not suffer, but so do many of our human brothers and sisters. So when we look at the same event from a wider perspective, we will reduce the worrying and our own suffering.
Suffering & Pain
We need to seperate the feelings of pain and the feeling of suffering. The suffering that follows is a response to the pain. Suffering brings more opportunity to see more things.
A self-centered attitude is the source of the problem. We have to take care of ourselves without selfishly taking care of ourselves. We should have wise selfishness rather than foolish selfishness.