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Meaning of life breaking down?

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Adamantus
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Meaning of life breaking down?

Postby Adamantus » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:28 pm

In the last few years my life has broken down enormously. I can't seem to get a job, have no energy, all the time it's like my brain is destroying and seeking out anything to do with my personality and having any kind of friends, identity of hapiness. So my life is breaking down, and I've heard others say that this has a spiritual meaning even though it feels terrible. What is the meaning of this and does it ever stop?

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Re: Meaning of life breaking down?

Postby andre9999 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:38 pm

I've always said regarding my own employment, "If I ever lose my job, Subway is always looking for another Sandwich Artist." I made the mistake once of turning down a $40k a year job because I felt I could do better, then found myself out of work for the next year. I decided since that any work is better than no work.

So can you really not find a job, or not a job that you want?

As far as the rest, your life isn't breaking down. You're just overwhelmed. Figure out the first step towards getting things back on track, and put all your effort into that first step. Don't try to deal with everything at once. Just one step at a time.

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Re: Meaning of life breaking down?

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:36 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Meaning of life breaking down?

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Re: Meaning of life breaking down?

Postby Annapurna » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:28 pm

Yes, and you may be depressed because you are unemployed.

Many people feel "worthless" without work.

Try to enjoy the time you have and make the best use of it:

Learn something new. Develop new skills.
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Re: Meaning of life breaking down?

Postby Prasadachitta » Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:43 am

Hello Adamantus,

I recommend a little exercise if you are not already doing that. It should be fun and hopefully free of self pressuring. I say this because its what has helped me in the past. As far as deriving meaning, I think its best to cultivate a state of relative happiness before you put a lot of energy into that.

Take care and may kindness be with you.


Gabe
"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

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Re: Meaning of life breaking down?

Postby Calahand » Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:54 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNiS2OI-bSk

http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/component/ ... ssion.html

Try to listen to the above talks, and see if it helps.
Meaning of life simply means having calmness and peace in mind, do not beat yourself up unnecessarily, be happy , if you need help , then go get professional help. be happy my friend, you deserve it. :namaste:

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Re: Meaning of life breaking down?

Postby Pebble » Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:02 am

We are like pebbles on the beach, constantly being hit by waves of Samsara...yet pebbles don't struggle

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Re: Meaning of life breaking down?

Postby Annapurna » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:39 am

If you don't have 2 left hands, you could start working with your hands.

There are platforms where artisans and artists can sell their handmade products.

Some 'shops' skyrocket, because the owners are good at what they are doing and there is a demand for it.

I have seen men offering woodwork, metal and leather art, and women doing handmade soap and jewelry . A friend of mine now has her own manufacture of soap and can't satisfy the huge demand.

I am doing jewelry since a few years, and it is bringing me a nice extra income, plus a considerable happiness while I am working on it, and when I am done. Then comes the thrill of photographing it... :D

It takes the mind off anything negative that may be going through the mind, -as you know:

" an idle mind is the devil's workshop"

Here is the link to worldwide etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/

In Europe, it is "Dawanda" (products with love)

You'll be astonished if you see what people are offering.

Some are only offering vintage things. They are cheap to obtain and some people are crazy about it.

People love things with the charm of past decades.

The only obstacle to make money here is sloth.

PS: In my signature is a link to my blog with the things I handcraft and sell via the internet. Just to give you an example.


Edit:

from a Discovering Theravada angle, I think that while you are using the time at hand to study the Dhamma- a great opportunity, perhaps try to seek contact to your nearest teacher or temple.
The break down of worldy attachments can sometimes come in abrupt waves, which are best leveled by people with some experience in this, and some of those are of course also here.

(Not me) ;)
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