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Do You Think About Suicide?

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Is your life miserable? Does your mind keep generating thoughts about ending your life? If so, you’re not alone. Entirely too many people choose to end their life. Because their life sucks.

Some wise person—actually, it was a number of people—wrote: The human condition is suffering. I never realized how true that is until I spent a few years doing counseling work. I admire people who do that work. But I’m just not cut out for it. I got away from clinical psychology and opted instead for doing inner development. It’s the “be all you can be” department of psychology. It’s more fun, and we lose fewer people to suicide.

Now in my eighth decade in this body, I’m glad to say that I’ve finally made a tiny little contribution toward the prevention of suicide. It’s a book called Original Zen that shows a pathway out of misery and suffering. It’s also my pathway. It works better than drugs and booze, and it doesn’t cost anything but a little time and effort.

I’ve known for a long time that Zen is a great antidote to misery. It’s been working for me since I was a miserable 21-year-old with frequent thoughts of self-destruction. I know from experience a consistent practice of Zen meditation generally makes a person happier every day which—in most cases—takes away the desire to leave this life.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

September 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

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