Buddhist Thoughts: Discomfort

Still fresh in the new year I want to continue citing some Buddhist quotes:

When you see a truck bearing down on you, by all means jump out of the way. But spend some time in meditation, too. Learning to deal with discomfort is the only way you’ll be ready to handle the truck you didn’t see.

– Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, “Mindfulness in Plain English”

What does that mean?

It means that you should be prepared at all times to avoid discomfort if you can. But, for some seldom for others often, you cannot avoid discomfort. The loss of a loved one, an accident, pain, a job loss or anything that life might throw at you.

So be prepared. Spend some time in meditation and calm your mind to be ready when the unexpected happens. Be ready to weather life’s storm.

Love and Kindness,
Volker