Posted by Deirdre on 05/25/2008 14:51:03
In reply to PS posted by john the younger on 05/23/2008 07:14:39
Well, since I've tried to post now twice I have to think that John
didn't like my first words since I wasn't allowed to post
either..<wide smile>.. so let me try again.
I know that there is certainly a difference between actual physical
pain and suffering but I think if we experience pain we have not
failed at anything - it is our nature afterall to break down. I tried
to chant through it meditate through it medicate through it but
ultimately I just have to get through it. Whether I share it or not
(and I have tried both) doesn't matter the pain, which is physical,
will subside when whatever is causing the physical pain subsides.
Doesn't matter what dance I do until then.
Now I can suffer more and that is something I can control.. In times
of relief for example instead of feeling relief I can be concerned
that the pain will return and therefore suffer from something that
doesn't yet exist. We will all experience pain, but we can minimize
the suffering by enjoying those times that the pain is relieved. So
our living in the moment is what can shape our suffering. In this
moment I am almost pain free - it is wonderful and I am enjoying it..
Thanks for all of your concern and input it helps to remind me that my
awareness shapes my experience!