I am reading Dennis Tirch's book "Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy," which delves into the relationship between both suffering-relief approaches.
Both Buddhism and CBT stress the importance of three key elements to lead as much a dukkha-free life as possible:
These three elements may mean different things to different people, but basically, for me:
❤️Mindfulness implies being deeply grounded in the present moment experience, without grieving over a past which is gone and done with, nor stressing over a future which is yet to come
❤️Acceptance of reality as it is, as it unfolds, as it presents itself, rather than wishing for situations and people to be whatever else I would like them to be
❤️Compassion, which begins with self-compassion and radiates out to other fellow sentiment beings who, like me, are striving to come to terms with dukkha, impermanence and not-self.
Some people aim to attain Enlightenment, which also may mean different things to different people.
But me, I just aim to attain inner peace, equanimity, suffer less over situations I cannot change, react less and respond more...
In a nutshell, teach myself to accept.
I am a better version of the "bundle of processes and becoming" I was ten years ago, though not as good as I hope to be in ten more years.
What about you?
How well are you coping with dukkha?
Is your practice helping you?