What is the Source of Our Suffering?
Exploring human potential and personal growth
Q. It seems that so many people seem to be suffering. What can an individual do to reduce his or her suffering?
A. Suffering is disruptive and yet at times, it can be useful. Basically speaking suffering is a necessary or unnecessary mental, emotional, psychological, or spiritual experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with harm or threat of harm. On the positive side, suffering can contribute to how you organize meaning in your emotional world and much more. One should never assume that all suffering is negative. The key is to understand which suffering is essential and which is a self-created illusion.
Some suffering is an expression of natural law – an essential tool for survival. For the unaware individual, it is often a negative experience, especially if this individual has made poor choices in the past.
Compassion, one of the most worthy, and admired of human qualities; often comes from recognizing the suffering of others. Their suffering may present great meaning and direction to your own life, motivating and also inspiring you to serve others in need. This service, in turn, creates a larger sense of community.
What determines how intense your suffering is or will be? The origin and cause of suffering; its processes, the meaning it presents to the individual who seems to be suffering; its related social, personal, and cultural behaviors; the knowledge of how to manage, reduce or eliminate the suffering; and the benefits one might accrue for having suffered will all influence the intensity of that suffering. Add to this the frequency of each occurrence, plus the concurrence of mental, emotional, psychological, and also spiritual factors involved. Now by combining these with the duration of the suffering, and you have a wide range of experiences related to suffering.
If you are to understand the meaning of your life it is essential that you explore and do some ruthless introspection on how and why you suffer.
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