Posts tagged #Suffering

Radical Acceptance

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Can you feel pain without suffering?  How about suffering without pain?  Although we often use the two terms synonymously, they are different concepts. 

A woman in labor might feel pain but not suffering because she is joyful about having a baby.  On the flipside, a mother might suffer because her child is in prison, but she is not having pain inflicted on her. 

This distinction is the key to the concept of “radical acceptance.”  Suffering arises when we wish things were other than they are.  We long for a reality that does not exist, and that difference between the reality we want and the reality we see is suffering. 

Posted on October 16, 2014 .

Your Suffering Has Prepared You For Success

Watch the video! "Suffering" by Blake Brandes (Blog Rap #1)

In competitive areas of your life like school, jobs, and sports, your ability to endure temporary misery in pursuit of something you want will set you apart from people who need to be comfortable all the time.  The more you have suffered in your life, the better equipped you are to deal with the unpleasant aspects of any task, like studying or practice, that will distinguish you from people who aren’t able to suffer as much as you. 

Posted on August 7, 2014 .