1. The truth of suffering (dukkha)
2. The truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya)
3. The truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha)
4. The truth of the path that frees us from suffering (magga)
The first Noble Truth – life is suffering – is about awareness. Bringing awareness to our minds and acknowledge suffering in our life like the sadness of losing the loved one, death in the family, struggle with money and health.
The second Noble Truth – the cause of suffering – to observe and investigate the reason of what we suffer from – jealousy, selfishness, unworthiness, anger etc.
The third Noble Truth – the end of suffering – to find a right remedy to heal the mind and heart. Personally, crying is one of my remedies. Once I learned how to cry, my world became so much easier. I gave myself permission to get closer to the pain and express it through tears. It gives my body a chance to release the emotional tensions. Also, doing yoga, reading inspiring books and journaling are the daily ‘vitamins’ to support my healing process. Time and practice transformed my past chronic thoughts, rebuilt my self-esteem and realigned my life in a healthier and happier state.
The forth Noble Truth – the path that frees us from suffering – to create a new, positive pattern of habit, behavior and thought as we respond to negative emotions rather than react to them.
However, in many cases, we constantly fall back into the same old patterns like addiction, overeating, misconduct or a destructive relationship. Why it is so difficult to end and free ourselves from those patterns even though we know they cause suffering? The simplest answer is fear. CHANGE IS SCARY. As human beings, we prefer feeling secure, to hold on to something that we are familiar with (even though it causes emotional and physical pain), rather than to overcome fear to make change (even though overcoming fear would give ourselves a chance to live in a better life than we could previously imagine.)
In order to free ourselves from suffering, we have to be willing to walk the path. I believe no one can teach others to change, except those, themselves, who want to change can learn. When the student is ready to learn, the teacher will appear. When we are ready for the change, the path will be there.
May all beings have the courage to lighten the darkness of fear.