Stone in the shoe

Deny things is a simple resistance to what is and will cause inner suffering, mental and thereafter, physical too. Like continuing to walk with a stone in our shoe, hoping that it might just go away. Denying that it’s there brings pain.

Acceptance of the stone in the shoe, what is, allows us to simply deal with it now, or not deal with it as that’s a choice too, but we end the suffering in the mind as we’ve accepted that it’s there. We do not hide from what is occurring now or in almost all cases, what has already occurred and therefore we are unable to change no matter how much we want to.

The only time we can actually deal with anything is now. Anything other than that simple acceptance is mental suffering and in the case of the stone in the shoe, physical as well, which interestingly always comes after mental suffering.

It’s a chain reaction

We can sit on the fence or we can take the plunge…it’s an ongoing dilemma we face on our journey.

Either is a choice, there’s not a right or wrong about whichever we choose. Doing or not is the same.

However, like all things, our choices have consequences always, so if we choose not to take the plunge then that will have a consequence.

Sitting on the fence seems comfortable and less risky…safe.

Safe leads to suffering though.

Taking the plunge seems risky, but it brings experience and after all, life is about taking mental concepts and realising them through actually creating a real-life experience.

So comfort seems good short-term, but longer-term it is only suffering from not creating the experiences we want. Experiences mentally seem daunting but they lead to joy and other experiences…it’s a chain reaction that sitting on the fence never creates.