Thoughts and Suffering

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these” (Luke 12:27).

As the caption on the picture says, “a lot of the pain we are dealing with are only thoughts.” I am not sure why this caption on a friends blog stood out to me today, perhaps becuase I am currently contemplating how much time one spends trying to be like other people. All too often we believe our own uniqueness to be not good enough for the world. Instead we would rather ‘cloak’ ourselves in someone elses coat in order to hide the shame of simply being ourselves. A lesson can therefore be taken from the Lily above that shines effortlessly in the glory of simply being itself….

Matthew 5:14 which I descovered the other day comes to mind, the below verse speaks of shining ones own, and not someone elses light out to the world…

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Thanks to Wayne for the words that follow: Clearly, our thinking in this regard can be the source of much suffering.  But if we struggle against our thoughts– if we take them too seriously –they tend to multiply.  And as we continue to react to them, the proliferation of thoughts– together with the unecessary (and unwise)behaviors that so often result from them –tend to generate even more suffering.  However, if we simply observe our thoughts and remain present with that which is present –excessive and superfluous thoughts will begin to dissipate and the pain which accompanies them will begin to recede.  Indeed, a higher intelligence begins to flow through us the moment that we begin trusting in and relying upon the “I Am”

It is so much less burdonsome to simply be ourselves…

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

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