"Discover How to Ease Your Suffering and Pain"

Imagine yourself experiencing intense pain, your pain is throbbing, hurting - it feels like it is taking over your life, doesn’t it. Sometimes your pain is really persistent, almost like it will never go away. Perhaps you’re experiencing physical, emotional, financial or spiritual pain. Whatever it is that you’re suffering with, what if you could experience it without the suffering?

A powerful Buddhist quote to consider is: “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”. But what does it mean and how can it be useful for you? First let’s look at what pain and suffering really mean. Pain is simply what happens to you! Suffering is when you don’t like what you get, you resist it and cling to having the outcome the way you demand. Would you agree with that?

I love what Neale Walsch says about pain and suffering: “The Master, therefore, never complains, and so, limits the suffering outside of himself – and inside as well. Yet, the Master does not refrain from complaining in order to limit suffering, but because the master does not interpret the experience of pain as suffering, but simply as pain.”

That is an important distinction to acknowledge –Masters make the decision not to interpret the experience of pain as suffering, but simply as pain. So is it that easy? Can you just make suffering a decision? That’s for you to decide, but it has been true for many others.

Pain is just an experience, when you suffer from it then that is your judgment about what it means to you. If you believe the pain is not okay and shouldn’t happen to you then you’ll suffer from it. Masters realize this and that is why they chose to accept pain as perfect. By releasing their aversions to pain they overcome the suffering, even while they are experiencing the pain. Does this make sense?

Neale also gives us this fascinating piece of advice: “It is not necessary for you to be pain-free in order to be free of suffering. It is not necessary for there to be a lack of disruption in your life for there to be peace. Indeed, true masters experience peace in the face of disruption and conflict, not because they have found a way to avoid it.”

Our very nature is the pursuit of peace and happiness; too often we let pain and suffering get in our way of realizing our true self. Peace is always present. In fact, we are peace; it is our very essence. You are more than the body; you are the essence of life itself.

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