Suffering and The Ancient Teachings

by Melody Jean

It’s been awhile since I’ve walked in nature, I’m pictured, here, having just done so.

Choosing to Live

Sometimes the body dictates what we can and can’t do.

I realize when facing physical maladies I have a choice.

To feel like crap at home on my couch, or feel like crap living my life the best I can with what I’ve been given.

I choose to live; there’s a bigger purpose.

Dying to Live Again

Not for medals or glory, but because I refuse to lose this battle, I keep moving.

I work full time in a high-powered fundraising marketing job and remain active with my family and friends and partake in activities.

Yet, I avoid the more rigorous ones, those I loved so much — hiking, cycling, and endurance sports.

After today, I feel a little crappy but happy (tee hee — that rhymes).

Usually we wish for bad stuff to go away. I do sometimes; I’m human.

Yet, truly, I had to accept this; it’s part of my journey now.

The Ancient Teaching on Suffering

My dad, Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, shared in one of his writings that the ancient teaching maintains that some souls come here to take on the mantle of suffering so they might spiritually advance and help others around them learn and question.

When I heard this my heart sang, what if?




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