Today’s lesson in clinging 

As I sit here at work I find myself wishing I were still on vacation. It’s easy to see what the Buddha meant by the Second Noble Truth (the cause of suffering is clinging) at time like this. By clinging to pleasant events from the past and wishing that they didn’t have to end I am experiencing a basic form of suffering. I know there are a lot of people experiencing much greater suffering at this very moment, but sometimes the little sufferings that we all experience give us practice that helps us learn to bear the larger sufferings that we inevitably encounter in our lives. 

As I write this I’m beginning to see the futility in wishing I were still on vacation. The best thing I can do is attempt to be fully present in this moment, and this moment, and this one too…

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