We perceive everything with our mind.
The experience of pain is a natural fact of life.
However suffering is an unpleasant feeling that results when you project a ‘backstory’ onto the experience of pain.
In the moment you experience pain here is what's going on :
Therefore pain does not have to give rise to the experience of suffering.
How does knowing this help us?
These unpleasant feelings create a turbulent flow of qi inside the body. According to Chinese medicine the mind influences the movement of qi; movement of qi moves blood throughout the body.
This flow of qi and blood mediates physical processes in the body. The disrupted flow of qi then affects all the other functioning parts of the body (nerves, digestion, hormonal cycle, sleep cycle) and mind (emotions). This can account for a lot of your symptoms.
What do I do when experiencing pain?
- relieve through taking painkillers if appropriate
- seek professional help as appropriate
What do I do about my suffering?
- welcome both the pain and suffering
- watch and wait, "this too shall pass"
- practice the following contemplation on patient acceptance.