365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 218: Are You Feeling Pain Or Are You Suffering?

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Suffering and pain are very different things.

The physical body is fully equipped to heal and release pain. I have witnessed this process in my clients countless times throughout the years. Even when the actual pain sensation is acute, sharp and intense, it can dissipate quite quickly; that is, if the body is allowed to do what it knows.

Now, falling down a ladder and breaking a few ribs will be painful, of course.

What I am talking about is the fact that in the absence of fear and panic, the physical sensation of pain diminishes considerably.

Suffering is something different altogether. Suffering is the hidden culprit behind chronic pain; it is the vicious circle that must be broken so that the body can heal.

Pain is not the same as suffering. Left to itself, the body discharges pain spontaneously, letting go of it the moment that the underlying cause is healed. Suffering is pain that we hold on to. It comes from the mind’s mysterious instinct to believe that pain is good, or that it cannot be escaped, or that the person deserves it.” ― Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

Is your body in pain?

Ask yourself if deep inside, you are suffering.

Love,

Rucsandra

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365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE – DAY 171: How Do You Handle Your Suffering?

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Let’s face it, every single one of us has known multiple and various degrees of suffering.

Our world – it seems – is built on suffering: relying on suffering, advertising and selling suffering, worshiping suffering, constantly talking about suffering and generating it all around, day after day, for all living creatures, small and large.

Whether you suffered at the hands of the family you were born in or the society you are part of, or of a lover, a child or a friend, you know what suffering is.

Whether we suffered physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually you and I can describe our suffering  and its intensity with great accuracy.

But here’s my question: what do you do WITH it?

Do you allow it to become anger?

Do you bury it and fall into despair?

Do you allow it to annihilate and eat you alive?

Do you pour it into someone else’s ears over and over again?

Do you feed off it?

Or do you allow it to come to the surface and feel it so fully and with so much awareness that it starts to crumble and lose its power?

If you allow it and acknowledge its presence, you become stronger and your suffering starts to dissipate.

Don’t run away from it. If you are suffering it means that you feel hurt; running away won’t do.

Accepting that you are feeling pain and allowing your feelings to be expressed fully will help you heal.

Stop running.

Face it.

Accept it.

Breathe and sit with it.

You are stronger than your suffering.

Love,

Rucsandra