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I think pain is an important part of life. Just as the experience of physical pain leads to an effort to find the source and remove it or remedy the situation, the experience of emotional/nonphysical pain leads me to ask myself what lesson I’m supposed to learn from the experience. What is it about me that is causing this? Through pain comes growth. One of the best lessons I ever learned is that it is okay to be in pain. It is important to be able to sit with it and let it be, all the while knowing “And this too shall pass.” The good news is that the amount of time I spend “in pain” has been radically reduced since I learned these lessons!
Absolutely! A large part of our “pain” goes into the extreme measures we take trying to avoid it.
When I was taking karate (several decades ago), the first thing that our instructor did was knock us down. A lot. In a padded room, he would slam us against walls, throw us on the floor… trying to get us to fight our fear of falling, and fight our natural tendency to resist and block the fall.
Fast forward to last year… walking down the street in downtown Portland, I tripped on an uneven sidewalk, and down I went. Instinctively, my arms went out to block the fall with my hands… a great way to break both wrists. So, I tucked my hands, turned my shoulder and rolled into the fall. There goes Sharif, rolling down the street! Other than being embarrassed, no injuries.
Last week, I ran into an old acquaintance… both wrists in casts. She didn’t have to tell me what happened.
We can learn to “roll” with emotional and soul pains, also.
I understand, and have experienced, the relationship between pain and suffering a bit differently from those that you shared in the above “Moment”, Sharif. I have suffered most when I experienced physical or emotional pain that I resisted, as you described in your sharing with Susie. From this, I discovered that pain is sometimes unavoidable, but suffering is always optional. When I open to the pain and allow it, I avoid suffering. My recent episodes with kidney stones is a reasonably good example.
My conscious (or unconscious) mental, emotional, and behavioral choices are really important to consider in this regard. It is far easier for me to “embrace” and allow the pain of a passing ailment (as Susie described) than to embrace the pain I have generated as a result of poor choices and predictably harmful consequences to myself and others. Guilt and suffering are common bedfellows!
In sacrifice, my experience of pain can truly transcend suffering.
Blessings to All,