second arrow

December 22, 2014

Our minds are habituated to relate to suffering by resisting it through blame, bitterness, anger, resentment.

That resistance is what the Buddha called ‘the second arrow,’ which follows the first arrow, the direct experience of pain.

So much additional suffering comes from believing that ‘things shouldn’t be this way’ — when in fact they are that way.

~ Rona Kabatznick

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