Title

Suffering and the Human Terroir

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2017

Abstract

Fully embracing one's embodied suffering, rather than denying it or mentally explaining it away, can open an individual to a broader sense of interbeing, to the ability to endure, survive, and move through pain and toward a deeper sense of compassion, peace, joy, and liberation. The self benefits from exploring interbeing using an environmental metaphor to consider the human body: the body as terroir. Terroir is analogous to the specific microclimate and natural environment in which quality wine is produced. Appreciation of oneself as a unique mobile terroir can reveal estranged aspects of the host/guest (ghos-ti) relationship of interbeing within the individual body/self. Perhaps this is what those who practice interbeing in the real world have come to understand.

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