But there are lots of little stories running in our heads all the time that create a fair amount of suffering in our lives. Why? Where do they come from?
We spend most of our life cooking up all kinds of untrue things. Why? So we won’t be afraid. The mind likes to soothe itself with stories, and after they get made up, we run around under their spell.
What if we could stop telling the story?
We think we tell stories, but stories often tell us, tell us to love or to hate, to see or to be blind. Often, too often, stories saddle us, ride us, whip us onward, tell us what to do, and we do it without questioning. The task of learning to be free requires learning to hear them, to question them, to pause and hear silence, to name them, and then to become the storyteller. (from The Faraway Nearby, by Rebecca Solnit)
If someone said to you, “you can stop suffering. You can really stop suffering completely right here and right now. All you have to do is give up. . . your opinions, your beliefs . . . and you can be completely happy, free of suffering, forever . . . For most people this would be an unacceptable bargain . . because if we are not willing to find out that what we believe isn’t really the truth . . . there’s no way we can find our way out of suffering.” (from Falling into Grace by Adyashanti via Geneen Roth)
I encourage you to try it, and let me know how it goes. (And yes, this post too is a story . . . )
Donna Bunten © 2018