By Lori Lines
Suffering is an internal and subjective experience, and the external circumstances mean very little in producing it. My life has been filled with privileges and blessings. Also, I have never suffered from any acute, life-threatening traumas that others have, and still endure all over the world. So I consider myself extremely blessed and suffering is a gift within a larger gift: my life. That being said, I've felt physical pain and, for much of my life, emotional pain. So, whenever it appears, I am reminded of the need for acceptance. It provides a great metaphor, actually. The more I resist the pain the more stress I cause, and the more pain I create for myself. When at last I accept and concede to it, without resistance or the need to fix it, I feel the pain fade away and I relax. It is literally effortless (as effort is the only thing to avoid).
The power is in the patient, loving awareness which is focused and intensified just like what a magnifying lens will do with sunlight (only I'm burning through my pain, not ants.)
This is truly how it's been with suffering for me.
© Lori Lines 2016
Author Lori Lines
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