Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Answer to Self Help

A Greco-Buddhist statue, one of the first repr...Image via WikipediaBy Hans S Laney

When you are in search of wisdom, it is natural to read books, watch videos, try to find gurus to follow, put a lot of focus on learning more to add to your happiness and reduce any suffering. We look everywhere for the answer to questions like the meaning and purpose of our life and how to be happy. This is normal and natural.

There is, however, some words of wisdom that you might want to consider. And here it is: There is no Answer to Life!

We run around trying to find the answer to life. We believe that if we can just find the answer, we'll be happy and whole and complete. We'll be rich and successful and loved. Let's say we find an answer, like Buddha's "grasping is the cause of all suffering." Then we work hard to kill desire within ourselves.

It is then human nature to make detachment and non-grasping the answer to all life's problems. But it doesn't work in that way. They are the not the entire answer to life. There are just partial answers.

You can spend years of your life trying to kill off desire within yourself and all the while you are full of the Desire to kill off desire. After several months or years of this you figure it out and go Oh well, I guess killing off desire and attachment is not the answer, not the smart thing to do, so Ill look for another answer

In the same way people on the search for self wisdom make love the answer, or compassion, or knowledge, or holiness the answer. Then they work very hard trying to be holier or more wise or more loving. Only to find after several months or years that it isnt working. Trying to be more of anything isnt the answer!

Heres the short of it. Any answer you find to make your life better can only be partial. It cant be the complete answer. Loving may be a great answer for you, for a while. So sure, work on being more loving. But dont try to make love the answer to life. Dont burden love with your hopes and needs to feel better about yourself.

Understand that any answers you find to living a successful and happy life will only be partial and temporary. What you can do that is powerful is begin to let go of needing an Answer. Get more comfortable not having answers. Live more into the question. Obviously, this is a deep subject, but just this can be a great start. - 14682

About the Author:
You can learn some powerful insights in a free course at Learning Wisdom. Hans S Laney teaches wisdom courses and you can learn more at Happiness Insights.
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