Peace – It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. – Anonymous
What is The Second Arrow? There is a Buddhist parable that says the first arrow that hits you is pain. Pain is universal and inescapable. The second arrow that hits is suffering – but suffering can be avoided. And suffering can be mitigated. In all its varied forms we learn and grow from the pain, but the suffering is what really hurts us in the long run. The Second Arrow is a place for discussion of all the ways we can avoid the suffering and find the peace.
Well that’s kind of heavy isn’t it? From my experience, the suffering of the second arrow isn’t always dark and intense. The second arrow can be anxiety, or worry. The suffering could be sleepless nights, or a short fuse at work.
I want to explore how we avoid the second arrow. Lately, for me this has meant losing myself in a romance novel, reorganizing my bookshelves and watching The Great British Baking Show.
I know there are so many other ways I could be working to avoid the second arrows in life, because some days they feel like they fly fast and true. My goal here is to explore what works for me personally and to offer suggestions and get feedback on what’s working for you.