I was out shopping with Brandi today when I came across a four foot statue of Buddha. IF I would have had the money and space for it, I would have bought it. Quite often I try to think about Buddha’s four noble truths, and having a four foot statue staring at me every time would help keep it on my mind. I you are not sure up to speed on the Four Noble Truths they are as follows.
Life is suffering. - Are lives are a struggle. And we as humans can not find ultimate happiness or satisfaction in anything we experience.
2. Life is suffering because of craving and attachment. - We will NEVER be able to satisfy all our cravings. A bigger house, more money, always wanting to be the best at something. Our ego is desire and keeps us in a state of constant suffering.
3. Put and end to our ego and craving, we will put and end to our suffering.
4. The path to end suffering is the Eight Fold Path. - Living a balanced life will help end the suffering.
End the desire, end the suffering. Sounds easy. But I find it is extremely hard. But every time time I have ended or tamed my desire and my ego, I have felt so much better in the long run. Do I need a new car? Should I be eating all this candy and junk food? Do I need the most expensive clothes? Do I ned a lot of clothes? OF course the answer is no to all of them. There is so much suffering in the world today. Why shouldn’t we all at least try to end the suffering we can control, which is our own.