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Questioning our Self Something that interests us all is ourselves - because we are the subject and main focus of our lives No matter what you think of yourself there is a natural interest because you have to live with yourself for a lifetime The self view is therefore something that can give us a lot of misery if we see ourselves in the wrong way Even under the best of circumstances if we dont see ourselves in the right way we still end up creating suffering in our minds The Buddha was trying to point out that the way to solve the problem isnt through trying to make everything right and pleasant on the external dimension but to develop the right understanding the right attitude towards ourselves and to overall just do what we can Living in the US at this time we expect comfort and all kinds of privileges and material comforts This makes life more pleasant in many ways but when our every need is provided for and life is too comfortable something in us just doesnt develop Sometimes it is the struggle through hardship that develops and matures us as human beings But when we give up or surrender to restriction and to restraint through wisdom we find liberation Life is the experience of restriction and restraint being born in our own skin and having to live under the laws of nature Mentally we can fly to the sky but physically we are bound to limitations that get more and more restrictive the older we get This isnt seen as suffering by us because thats just the way things are The sense of oneself is something that we are aware of when we are children when were born there is no sense of a self as being anything As we grow up we learn what we are supposed to be if we are good or bad if we are
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