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Dealing with Pain and Suffering

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Masters know how to separate themselves from the suffering associated with pain. Some of the documented accounts are amazing. Alas, you’re not a Master—yet. But even so, you can still benefit from your meditative practice within the first few months. Let me explain how.

Physical pain is experienced in the body. Suffering is experienced in the mind. When you have pain somewhere in the body, it hurts. But the suffering from that pain takes place in the mind. That’s a very important and useful distinction.

You have probably learned that, when you get your mind off your pain and on something else, the pain bothers you less. Perhaps, when something exciting happens, you forget all about your pain for a while. Why is that? How does that work?

From a purely medical and physical point of view, getting your mind off the pain doesn’t necessarily reduce the pain—it simply reduces your suffering from the pain. Meditation is chiefly the art of quieting and ultimately stopping the conscious thought process. Thus, not thinking about your pain reduces your suffering. It’s like magic. But it really works.

Over time, as you continue to practice and deepen your meditative state, you will suffer less and less from your pain. If you’re a beginner, you may not see any significant differences at first. Meditation requires dedication. Within a month of regular practice, you will see a noticeable difference. If not, perhaps you aren’t doing something right. If that is the case, you must find a teacher. Above all, don’t give up.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

April 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

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