Embracing Suffering and Adversity

When you wake up without purpose. Just effort doesn’t seem to have positive result. Desire for pleasure outways unnecesssary suffering. Why would you embraace adversity when pleasure is at your doorstep? Are we not looking to make this world more joyous? Both buddhism and stoicism teach us to embrace and accept suffering and adversity. In the mind of the stoic, a man can only become virtous if he suffers adversity, as if a challenge to prove his worth.

If we don’t accept suffering and adversity we tend to extract ourselves from the present moment and evade our responsibilities. As such, we should look to the teachings of buddhist mindfulness. This is in part what meditation teaches us.


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