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Staying with suffering that is familiar.

We are often drawn towards the familiar, even if that familiarity does not serve us.

Letting go of this familiarity often brings up discomfort. We know we can survive our current suffering. If we make a change, it may feel terrifying to risk that the “new” suffering might be “worse” than our current suffering.

We are often scared of what we don’t know.

It is often easier to stay in the known rather than the unknown.

Words in image:

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.

Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

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