A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

A problem free life

When we are young our problems seem so simple. Not getting into trouble with our parents being the main one for most of us. I knew I was facing a problem when my mother used my full name, as in first, middle, and family name. This was a sign I was facing a problem, sometimes I knew what to expect, others were a complete shock to me. As we get older, some problems fade, and new ones take their place. We want to fit in with certain groups or people at school. Here is where if we make good choices, we will benefit later in life, as well as immediately. As we get a little older, we start to have romantic relationships, and a new set of problems arise. Then it’s on  to secondary education at a College or University, and new problems, hopefully those math ones being the worst you encounter. 🙂  Then a career, followed possibly by marriage and a family. So you think you should just about have collected all of them, or it sure seems that way to you some days. Nope there’s that first time you find out your daughter has a boyfriend, or are informed of such a catastrophe by her mother. That will be one of those days, where all other problems become minor. You will probably think back to what you were like when you were that age and dating, calm down your daughter’s boyfriend can’t be that bad, can he? 🙂 Life just keeps piling on those problems.

Now that your head is spinning, thinking about it. Surprise there isn’t a thing called a problem free life. However the Buddha has taught us how to minimize the effect those problems have on our lives. First of meditate regularly, his will help keep you calm, focused on being compassionate, and give you wisdom in knowing what is the real issue involved. Now that your blood pressure doesn’t make you look like a volcano about to erupt, listen to the situation, then respond with compassion and understanding. Remember that if you let anyone or anything anger you easily, it shows an area that you need to develop. If we follow the teachings we won’t have a trouble free life, but we will have less trouble handling the problems.

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