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Practice observation for the day...
A pretty good deal, sounds like.
Wrestling with agitation, I came across this quote. The challenge is, getting yourself to sit down:
“No matter how agitated you are, sit your butt on the ground and practice meditation. It’s the direct path to overcoming agitation.”
Thanissaro Bhikkhu took on this very point in a touchstone Dhamma talk that helped clear up my own thinking about this. Not that "life is suffering" but that "there is suffering" -- a rather large semantic difference -- but more importantly a path that leads to suffering's final end:
"Only when I began to look directly at the early texts did I realize that what I thought was a paradox was actually an irony — the irony of how Buddhism, which gives such a positive view of a human being's potential for finding true happiness, could be branded in the West as negative and pessimistic.
You've probably heard the rumor that "Life is suffering" is Buddhism's first principle, the Buddha's first noble truth. It's a rumor with good credentials, spread by well-respected academics and Dharma teachers alike, but a rumor nonetheless. The truth about the noble truths is far more interesting. The Buddha taught four truths — not one — about life: There is suffering, there is a cause for suffering, there is an end of suffering, and there is a path of practice that puts an end to suffering. These truths, taken as a whole, are far from pessimistic. They're a practical, problem-solving approach — the way a doctor approaches an illness, or a mechanic a faulty engine. You identify a problem and look for its cause. You then put an end to the problem by eliminating the cause...."