Thursday, August 7, 2008
The Four Nobel Truths
The Four Nobel Truths
1. Life is sufferring.
2. Suffering has a cause and an effect.
3. Suffering can be overcomed by karma (action)
4. The karma to cease suffering is following the Eightway Path.
I've been struggling with the idea that was brought up while in my group therapy class. One person, who is very Eastern in thought stated that there are no accidents in our life, that our karma leads us to all disasters in our life. Of cousre this rather a blanket statement, there are acts of nature or God that we humans have no power over and what happens to children or war victims has nothing to do with their own humble karma. But there are some truth to that statement. I was reading through my journals and read how a woman at my yoga studio reported that a young school girl had been brutally rape just weeks before I was attacked near the same area I was also attacked at.
While doing my teacher's training there , we all were warned not to walk alone to are cars during the evening. And just a week before I was attacked a fellow male yoga teacher was robbed at knife point in the same alley I was attacked. Why, oh why didn't I listen?
It was a sunny, Sunday afternoon, and I should not had taken the short cut through the alley. But it was hot, high noon and I was exhausted. I thougt I would be safe but I should had been wised enough not to be tempted to take such a short cut. I was an easy mark for the two homeless men one grabbing me by my injured right arm, I was in too much pain pain to fight them off. Still, I should had known better.
Healing is taking a long time. I didn't want to go to the Comic Con but I was told that a way to being whole again I must take chances and go out of my comfort zone. So I went. I stayed the Hotel Del Coronado, a lovely place. I had a very quite corner room, so I never heard my neighbors take a shower on their noises at night but there was a hallway above my room so wherever people walked through the hallway to go to the room it sounded as if someone was breaking into my room. I didn't get much sleep but latley I rarely get much sleep. Still haunted by nightmares.
Bless you all for your kind words! They are a great comfort! Blessings & Love.