Fear is the most common cause of suffering. Ever wondered why rich people, poor people, healthy persons, sick persons…almost everyone suffers in life due to one thing or the other. Why Why Why ???
I think suffering is driven by fear: Fear of unknown, uncertain and beyond control.
Fear of loss: People in affluent society have lots of possessions, much more than they ever need or more than they can ever consume. Still in their conscious of unconscious mind they develop attachment and thus fear for loss of the possessions. Fear for loss of money, prestige, people or surroundings leads to suffering.
Fear due to uncertain outcomes: This universe is far too big and unpredictable for anyone to know the future outcomes and conditions. This gives rise to uncertainties that lead to anxiety and suffering.
How different people handle the Fear:
Each person handles and responds to the conditions around them differently. Some develop stress and anxiety that leads to greater suffering. Others either worries less or takes help to understand what is important and what is real and thus manage stress and anxiety differently.
Religion and Faith:
Most religions have served us well in handling the conditions for particular time and circumstances. Faith also creates a kind of diversion from fear and ease suffering somewhat. Social networks, close family and friends are a great source of support that gives us confidence against uncertainties and thus reduce the fear.
Why we over eat:
Through out the human history, supply for food has been scarce and unpredictable. This has developed into an unconscious fear in our minds. That is perhaps the reason why most of us tend to overeat to overcome an unconscious fear of uncertainly. It is leading to huge obesity epidemic in most of the affluent societies.
Everyone needs to develop their own strategy for handling the fear and take help as needed. We all depend on each other, and thus we should give help and take help to live happily.
Get regular updates – LIKE Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therapeutichunger
And FAQs on Website: http://positivehunger.com