AVAILABLE AS CHOICE

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “Mindfulness in Plain English” by Bhante Gunaratana.

Today I pray, “Dear God, What we know that we know is received and honored as our human experience.  What we know that we do not know is sought, at times, throughout our human experience.  What we do not know that we do not know seems to me to be a joyful aspect of being human!  Wonder and discovery convey faith.  And faith provides all that we need.  Thank You for this.  Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to reveal this passage:

“Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is not.”

—BHANTE GUNARATANA

We do not know from where our emotions will become displayed throught each human experience.  Of course, throughout the courses of lives, we may surmise that emotion will display itself finely as emotions do arise — through tragedies and triumphs, sorrows and joys, defeats and victories.  And though we may portend to predict emotion at its available spectrum side of pain, we need not presume suffering, as suffering is only available as choice.  Choice honors us as we honor choice.  And we may honor a life within all of its glorious emotions, freely available, and free from suffering for all.

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