I read a book recently that incorporated the four tenets of Buddhism into the life story of the author, and before the 99% of you who identify as Christian continue scrolling...hear me out.
Here’s the gist:
Bear with me, I’m not becoming a Zen monk or denouncing my faith. I just came to see an aspect of my Christianity in a new light because of a tradition I had little to no exposure to.
The idea “this” (current reality) isn’t enough or needs to change or is the means to a better end creates suffering. I desire for “this” to be “that,” therefore, I’m suffering. My expectations aren’t met—I’m crushed.
When we stop, acknowledge “this” is enough, when we’ve learned to “be content in all situations,” to quote Paul, the pain of current circumstances won’t go away, the situation won’t miraculously change, but the “suffering” stops.
“This is enough.” I’ve been saying that phrase to myself over and over again lately, as I breathe deeply in and out, in good times and in stressful times, when I’m happy and when I’m sad. “This is enough.”
There is nothing left to achieve, no striving, that will truly satisfy our souls. Nothing to gain or to conquer. Just the present moment. Just “this” we’ve been given.
Gratitude changes everything in life, and it’s something I’m trying to practice every day. I’m learning to be okay with who I am, this reality, these circumstances, what God has graciously blessed me with.
And I’m seeing that “this” is truly enough.