The Cause of Suffering

What is the root cause of our suffering?

Is it not simply our habit of taking what arises in the mind to be real? And then dumping our energy into stories that are simply not True.

Consider this illustration:

How I think it OUGHT to be

How How we think things "OUGHT to be" comes from our past conditioning. Nothing wrong in itself with "OUGHT" (sometimes I use the word ego here) ... we need to have beliefs about how things ought to be to know which end of the fork to use when we eat. The problem is that we "camp out there" ... we believe it is REALITY - It it rarely is!


REALITY is the "here and now" - what is happening this very moment. REALITY is always accompanied by feelings of great peace, gratitude, and beauty. It is life without story.


When theGAPbetween "how I think it OUGHT to be" and REALITY becomes large we experience stress or suffering.

There are two ways to remove suffering ... we can change our beliefs (and accept what is happening right now), or we can change our circumstances. In general it is easier to change our beliefs than it is to change our circumstances.

(nutshell home)

Robert Flegal 2014