The Second Noble Truth is the suffering, dis-ease or disappointment caused by our attachment (desire) for what we want or to what we don’t want. Suffering also known as dukkha and lies It is our futile attempts to find security in a constantly changing world.
How I experience the causes of suffering are primarily through my physical changes as I age. Some of these changes are painful through injuries from overexertion, strains, falls, etc. But for me, the far more profound suffering I create myself with my thoughts. I struggle with holding on to who I was physically as a younger and extremely athletic man. My thoughts are often of comparing what my capabilities were then to what my limitations are now. My desires are to be able to perform what that younger self could easily accomplish, and I feel aversion to how my body is essentially failing to meet my desires. Most of my work, as I sit on my cushion meditating each morning, is to practice letting go of my thoughts that are contrary to the truth, and accept that I exist in an impermanent constantly changing world.