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Recently I've been examining all the sources of stress in my life, looking at them carefully in meditative spaces. I've found my burdens getting lighter and lighter as I did so, because each time I've looked at things to get stressed about they've turned out to be shadows of other things, which are turning out to be less and less important.
So in fact, there is nothing to be stressed about...once you accept the fact of your eventual death, it all turns out to be illusion, smoke and mirrors that society holds you should care about. Life just carries on. I don't have any dependents, am in reasonably good health and have much to be thankful for.
I find the lives of the Thai Forest monks such an inspiration. They live off their alms with hardly any possessions, if they can do so so can we after all. Life just carries on, regardless of your state or location.
Similarly there are other things we can come across that we don't need to fear. Bosses and stressful situations at work, public speaking, aloneness, discomfort, even the lack of food all become minor hurdles when really examined carefully in the light of a Buddhist existence. The rat race is a devilish invention which speaks to our baser instincts, and dismantling its impulses is the work of years of meditation, but ultimately it becomes just another shadow.