Buddha’s Four Noble Truths teaches us that suffering is inescapable. Suffering is caused by our desires, our beliefs and our unwillingness for change to occur. We hold on tight to our opinions, our identity, emotions or an illusion of how life “should” be, and we become trapped in our suffering. We then react out of frustration, overwhelm, only to create greater stress and challenges which just puts us further into our story we made up to justify clinging to our perspective. Our perspective can be limiting us and holding us back from happiness. A man on the desert island sees a boat with one man in it and thinks he is saved, yet the man in the boat thinks the same about the man on land. They do not see the other’s perspective, and are gripping to their own belief on how they will end their suffering. Greater understanding in one’s situation is important, and changing perspectives may offer a temporary relief, though it will not offer non-suffering and a mental state of happiness.  Our suffering and our attachment to our perspective can hold us back from seeing the reality of a situation, and even stop us from being able to let go of our suffering.   The Fourth Noble Truth acknowledges a “way out” of the suffering through the practice of the Eightfold Path. When we can acknowledge and embrace our suffering, to learn about its causes, we gain a deeper understanding of our reality and in turn let go of our perspective. By letting go, we stop feeding energy into our suffering and the Eightfold Path becomes available to us to learn, reflect and practice well-being.  The path is life-long, and as situations arise in our life that may cause stress and suffering, we adjust by embodying the warrior spirit’s mindset by using the practice of the Eightfold Path. The practice includes: developing understanding, creating positive intentions, adapting skillful speech, being in right action and livelihood, producing the right kind of effort, cultivating mindfulness and mastering meditation.  In our training, the Eightfold Path exemplifies what we as martial artists strive for. Since our first days as a white belt onward, all of these elements have been embedded in the training. The way of the path is in the training.  When we let go of all perspectives and illusions that cause our suffering and engage in the work of the Eightfold Path, we can then live in sync with reality and gain freedom right now to enjoy happiness.  By Kohai Dianne Hadad 3rd Degree Black Belt, Renge Dojo Certified Professional Coach, Warrior Spirit Circle 647-203-4882 |  dianne.hadad@gmail.com The WARRIOR SPIRIT CIRCLE creates conversations for kids, parents and martial artists to discover their true self and embody their warrior spirit. Our mission is to share the practical wisdom from the classical martial arts virtues and philosophies to inspirit resiliency, confidence and vibrancy.