Avoidance and awareness are at opposite ends of the spectrum, yet both can serve a purpose. These three quotes are almost poetic in talking about the two subjects.
“Avoidance is the best short-term strategy to escape conflict
and the best long-term strategy to ensure suffering.”
While avoidance gets a bad rap, it’s important not to forget that it does actually serve an important function: it’s the best short-term strategy to escape conflict and to remain (temporarily) safe. That is indeed the smartest move to make, sometimes.
Long-term, however, as the quote above summarizes, it’s guaranteed to ensure our long-term suffering.
“You can avoid reality, but you cannot
avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”
Returning back to our awareness, we know we cannot avoid reality.
While sometimes things just “work themselves out,” more often than not when we are actively avoiding something, it’s going to require our attention before it resolves.
“Awareness is a blissful state, not a painful one.”
The reality is that the more aware we are, the happier we are. This, however, may mean first passing through some mild, even intense discomfort. Once you move past what you’re avoiding, through the discomfort, there is happiness and security on the other side
How you might be avoiding things now or in the past? How comfortable are you with being uncomfortable?
So yes avoidance and awareness are opposite ends of the spectrum, yet they can complement each other nicely when on the path of Self-Discovery.
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