There’s a Chinese saying: to stand up from where you fall down. And sometimes we see a mother encouraging her child to climb up from stumbling down, and offering praise when the child stands up successfully. In this way she can help the child to release fear and forget pain. Our mind is also like a child, and this child needs a mother of mindfulness, which can pull you out of the swamp of suffering.
When you are bound up to the seat for a long meeting, the soreness of back and numb legs should be aware without linking you to mental annoyance, so that you can find a way to transform them into relaxation. When you have to stay in a bad ventilation, the sensation of being out of breath should be aware without linking you to mental worrying, so that your deeper breathing can be evoked. When the fear is arising, look at it and don’t give more support (attachment) to scare you. When the fire of anger is going to come out of your chest, stare at it and ask what is the fuel to burn up. When your eyes are attracted by lovely forms, be aware of this state and see how you develop it into more unnecessary shopping. When your tongue is captured by a specific taste, ask your stomach “is it really good for the body and how much should you take”? When you listen to a beautiful melody in a sunny day, you feel sunny too. And in a gloomy day, how can you keep the sunny mind with the same melody? The ignorance will cultivate annoyance and fear, the greed will cultivate frustration, the hatred will enhance stress. To suffer or not to suffer, is the question.
All kinds of suffering emerge in the dark, when shined up by mindfulness there’s no place for them to hide. Even though in the beginning, our mindful power is not bright enough to shine through the root of suffering, they will be at least shocked a lot and begin to decline.
The moment of arising of suffering should also be the moment of cessation.