Watch the Video! "Radical Acceptance" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #11)
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.