I think it would be great to keep this thread of 4 Noble Truths alive because it was the basis for this team and it seems to have slipped in our minds a bit.
I've been reflecting on the 4 Noble Truths and how they relate to taking vows/pledges and how this relates to our wish to be fit. So, I invite any comments, feedback and additions to what I write here.
The first of the NT's is suffering, the 2nd-the cause of suffering, 3rd-the cessation of suffering 4-the path away from suffering. Very simply, suffering is caused from our ignorance, the lack of insight into our enlightened nature, the cessation of suffering/ignorance arises when we recognized our awakened nature and the path is composed the of teachings and application of the remedy to suffering.
When we reflect and look at what in our lives causes suffering and we make the intention to eliminate that we find that taking vows or making pledges help us to contain our actions of body, speech and mind. The lay vows are five; to avoid killing, to avoid stealing, to avoid lying, to avoid sexual misconduct, to avoid alcohol. To take a vow (one in the beginning is best- so that there is deep attention paid to it), helps us to begin to reduce our experience of suffering, to develop mindful awareness and to support meditation- which is often called the path to enlightenment.
So, here's a link (please add more) between the 4NT's, vows and SP: in our wish to reduce the physical suffering of our bodies and to endeavor in bringing the body to a better state of fitness we enhance our physical and mental capacities by reducing the suffering that we experience being in an uncared for body. Through our basic caring of our bodies, we support our spiritual unfolding with more clarity and enthusiasm and confidence. Some of us start with the spiritual path and end in caring for the body, some of us begin with caring for the body and find our spiritual path developing. Our care/love for ourselves is not separate from our spiritual path. If we can't love ourselves, how can we truly love another? Thing is, if we only care for our bodies and don't develop our spiritual insights, we end up having only temporarily eliminated a bit of the suffering of the body, but not stepped onto the path of enlightenment by working with the 4NT's, so it seems very important to put it all together!
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