The Simple Truth

Yoga is based on a simple truth…when a person misunderstands reality they suffer. When reality is understood the response to suffer is one of your own making. You will still feel both pleasure and pain.

During your life experience you will cross from equanimity to pain to suffering if you become exhausted, your confidence is shaken, or your way of coping experiences frequent disturbances, rigid rules, demoralizing remarks, a lack of emotional support or complications.


If you understand why you hurt, you have access to supportive people, your environment is peaceful and safe, you are not bound by rigid rules and you know healthy ways to respond to criticism and intolerance—then pain gives way to mastery, confidence and a sense of well-being. This allows one to cope with one’s life experience and not suffer for it.

Yoga teaches that if one commits to the Yogic path then it will mean the end of your suffering. But you must accept that most of your suffering is not society-based, it is a construct of your own mind.

You look in for the source of your suffering, you stop transferring the blame to the outside world. Your body and the vast majority of your brain would like you to take careful note of that simple truth.

Mental suffering is a side-effect of a normal bodily function, the conscious thoughts produced by your mind are not a sign of damage, injury…these thoughts do not represent the actual damage or injury.

They are your thoughts, rumination and speculation about the damage or injury. One hopes that the other parts of your brain have already stepped in and assured your safety and have gotten you appropriate care.

If you truly understand this then you will stop using your thoughts to increase your pain. You will directly deal with the circumstance at hand and then you will move on.

Mindlessly churning your mind through frustrating often pointless feedback loops is wasted time, wasted life, once you know the reason for your mental suffering you immediately feel better.

The simple action of exposing a fear, expressing it, causes fear to lose it’s hold on your mind, enabling you to take a reality based look at its source.

Decide right now to stop listening to the stories in your head that cause you suffering and mental anguish.

Yoga teaches that mental modifications (the mind stuff) are restrained through practice and non-attachment to the cause of the modifications.

If you apply right knowledge then perhaps you will come to realize that your fears have nothing to do with the world around you, instead they stemmed from what you believed about your surroundings. If your thoughts are filled with wrong knowledge then believing those thoughts will cause you to suffer.

When you stop believing those thoughts you stop suffering and that is true for everyone, not just aspiring Yogis.

Knowledge replaced my fear of pain and my suffering diminished.

Freedom from suffering is as simple as that.

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