A Ship to cross the Sea of Suffering

"Real happiness is found in the struggles we undergo to realise our goals, in our efforts to move forward." Daisaku Ikeda


Unfortunately yesterday I started feeling unwell. What started as Just a wee tickle in my throat, is now a very annoying head cold type thing. Thankfully for me my boss is very understanding and lenient. So if I am not feeling better tomorrow, I will not have to go in to work. Although I need the money…

But I am pretty strong. And not much keeps me down these days, in terms of sickness. I guess since learning to manage the pain and illness from my pilonidal I am more resilient to other types of sickness.

Anyway, I was inspired to write this post through a quote from Daisaku Ikeda.  This morning whilst not feeling well, I couldn’t help but remember something I read the other day where, Josei Toda had told Sensei that if Happiness were a pill, or a cure you could receive from the hospital. People would be lined up, all hours, for as long as they had to in order to get it. He then went on to talk about how Gohonzon is our hospital, it is our medicine… and how lucky we are to have nam-myoho-renge-kyo in our own homes. Within ourselves.

So I made sure that I kept chanting this morning, and I have been determined to keep powering through our 100 day challenge. Chanting to overcome my sickness, and to keep going – winning over this obstacle. Still strongly in my mind am I chanting for, deeper connections with more of the YWD in my district. .. Still working on that one. I need to be more proactive. But I guess it’s normal to experience the resistance to do so. Part of my innate darkness, putting it off! distracting me from ringing and contacting them.

I would like to invite someone over for a power chant in the next few days.

Then I can continue to chant to heal myself through faith in the mystic law, and genuine good care of myself in the next wee while.

“While it is absurd to reject medical science, the principal factor in overcoming illness is the patient and his or her “life force.” In medical terms, it is our capacity to heal ourselves. Life force is a mystic phenomenon that transcends human understanding.”

— Daisaku Ikeda

I hope you are all keeping well, xx

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This entry was posted on April 26, 2013 by in Buddhist, Challenge, Encouragement, The Lotus Sutra, Turning poison into medicine and tagged , , , .

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