Episode 100: Pain & Suffering

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“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is. If your spouse or lover leaves you, the amount of stress or suffering each of you experiences depends upon the meanings each of you places on the event. If you believe it to be good, that you are not free, you suffer less; if you believe it is bad, that you are now alone, you suffer more. The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Pain & Suffering

“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is. If your spouse or lover leaves you, the amount of stress or suffering each of you experiences depends upon the meanings each of you places on the event. If you believe it to be good, that you are not free, you suffer less; if you believe it is bad, that you are now alone, you suffer more. The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

This is a REALLY powerful statement--words echoed by ALL the great teachers: “The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.”

The moment we not only accept what is but alchemize it into something positive is the moment we’re truly free from suffering. See the positive aspect of *whatever* you’re experiencing. Look for the lesson in it. Act as if what’s happening is something you actually WANTED to have happen and watch your suffering evaporate.

What are you resisting in your life right now? Know that your suffering has NOTHING to do with the event itself. And EVERYTHING to do with your perception of it. And, of course, you can change your perception of it at any moment...

So... what’s a more empowered way you can look at that thing you’re resisting in your life?!? Now a good time to change your perception? :)