Every one of us will experience hurt, betrayal and disappointment. What matters is how we deal with these feelings. As the Dalai Lama says, ‘Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.’ What he means is that although it’s impossible to avoid upsetting experiences, we do have a say about whether negative events or people continue to affect us.
Never have humans been so dislocated from nature as we are today. For most of our existence, whether as hunter gatherers or farmers, our lives have depended on the natural world. Understanding the subtle signals of other animals, the cycle of the seasons and the growth of crops were an assumed part of human survival.