>The four Noble Truths

>”If you are seeking a helping hand, look at the end of your arm”- Anonymous

The following are some truths discussed in a book about stress. They are called the 4 Noble Truths:

1. Dukkha is the first Noble Truth: This translates as sorrow, suffering, unhappiness and separation from the pleasant.  Dukkha is common to all humans in different degrees. It also means a sense of unfulfillment or incompleteness in one’s life. We all know of a person who seems to have everything, but they are still not satisfied with life. This is Dukkha.It appears to be a universal human condition

2. Karma is the second Noble Truth:  Karma in its original sense is the law of cause and effect. Every event has a cause, things do not just happen spontaneously, out of the blue. A simple example is gravity. Although we cannot see it, gravity is a cause effecting all of us. If you hold a piece of chalk in the air- and then drop it-  Gravity is the cause; the falling down of the chalk is the effect.

3. Drsta is the third Noble Truth: As we have shown above, there is unhappiness in the world (dukkha), and it has a cause (karma), then it must follow that if we remove the cause of the unhappiness, then by the law of karma, the unhappiness will disappear. If there were no gravity acting on the chalk, it would fly to the ceiling. If whatever causes the dukkha is diminished or eliminated, the dukkha will be reduced or eliminated. Pure simple logic.

So how do we find the path toward happiness?

4. The forth Noble Truth is called the Eightfold Path:
This is the path toward recovery and it is divided into 8 segments:
Right View
Right Intention
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effect
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration

If we want to have happiness in life, we may need to give up some of the material things that keep us unhappy.
If we try to reduce our attachment to things and ideas, we may find that there is an increased serenity and lessened anxiety.
Our unhappiness may be because we desire too much, and are attached to too many things.

“A contented person is never disappointed. Those who know when to stop do not find themselves in trouble. They will stay forever safe.”– Tao-Te-Ching, Verse 44

Taken in part from: Sokoloff, A. ( 1997). Life without Stress.  New York, NY. Dell Publishing.