That which seems like poison at first, but tastes like nectar in the end, that is the joy born of a mind at peace with itself. Pleasure from the senses seem like nectar at first, but is bitter as poison in the end. (Bhagavad Gita)
Have you ever observed how our pleasure-seeking nature creates our own suffering? We don’t like the feeling of the cold winter so we stay indoors instead only to experience leg-, back- or neck-pain in the following months. And if we don't know our inner system very well, and don't have a healthy skepticism towards the recommendations of our modern medical profession, we may become their guinea pigs. They often prescribe us stuff that makes us feel better near-term but leaves us even worse off in the future.
We don’t like cooking so we eat fast food, take-out, or frozen items only to discover digestive ailments and different kinds of chronic diseases years later. If we don't understand our sensitive system well enough, if we don't realize the havoc preservatives, chemicals and all unnatural foods cause, we will be in the doctor’s office sooner or later. Unfortunately our modern medical profession has little knowledge of the fine-tuned ecological balance our body and soul requires, so they are more likely to treat the symptoms of our sickness and not the root-cause.
Flipping the argument around, what looks like pain in the beginning, like exercising, home-cooking, meditation, or launching a spiritual path, help us understand what truly is going on within. We can turn these exercises into a source of energy and inspiration. Follow this alternative path for a while and see how the positive feed-back mechanisms will always have a message in store, why do we feel down and how we can get better.
May we all have the insight, courage and staying power to reach that peace of mind the Bhagavad Gita talks about. Follow the WAY and cultivate the source of energy and joy of living!
By Christian and Su Zhen