Dukkha is used to refer to the mental and/or physical suffering that can occur from life, illness and/or aging. It is also used to describe the heartache and suffering that results from resisting what is; our unwillingness to accept what is; the attempt to “control what is fundamentally impermanent and unable to be controlled”.
Sukha – the opposite of Dukkha – means “happiness”, “ease” or “comfort”.
Both words originated with the ancient Aryans who brought the Sanskrit language to India. The Aryans were a nomadic people who traveled by horse- or ox-drawn carts.
The two words literally mean “having a bad (or good) axle”. Was it a bumpy ride (dukkha) or a smooth ride (sukha)?
Great metaphor for life, don’t ‘ya think?
Are you having a smooth (sukha) or bumpy (dukkha) ride today?
What practices do you use to create an easy, comfortable ride for yourself each day?