Welcome, welcome, dear human, on this wonderful day. We are delighted to be with you again and we’d like to talk about suffering.
Many people feel they are suffering. It can be suffering from physical issues, suffering through financial issues, suffering because of their relationships, suffering because of their work, their environment, their home.
Are you calling whatever you’re going through ‘suffering’? Is that how you see yourself, as if you’re suffering?
Let’s dive a bit more into that and discuss what suffering really is.
According to one dictionary, suffering is ‘the experience of mental, emotional or physical pain’.
We do agree with that description, but we’d like to take it a bit further than that.
What really causes suffering
Because the pain that is being felt, is usually a result of thoughts that are going on in the mind of the one that is experiencing the suffering.
When you experience pain, in any way, shape or form, you are used to calling it a form of suffering. But is it really that?
What does cause the most pain, that leads to giving it the meaning of ‘suffering’?
Aren’t that the thoughts that you think about it? Isn’t that not being in the present moment, and instead being in the past or the future in your mind?
Example of physical suffering
Think about it for a moment. When you have a headache, that can be very inconvenient, and when it’s a severe headache like a migraine, we get that you might call that a kind of suffering.
But what do you do when you experience that headache? You either go lie down, take some time off to give your body and head rest, and many of you take a painkiller in hopes of stopping the pain.
But what makes the pain feeling like you’re suffering? It’s the thoughts that go on in your mind.
Not being in the present
You think “I wish this would go away”, “I can’t stand this feeling”, “I’m in so much pain, I’m hurting”, “I hope I won’t have to throw up, I hate being sick”…
None of those thoughts are actually being in the present moment. They all in some way focus on what will be in the near future!
Either hopes of it going away, which will be in the future, even if that future is only fifteen minutes later when you’ve taken a painkiller, or thinking that you don’t want to vomit, which is also a thought about something that isn’t happening now, but might happen in the future.
This is just a simple example how you induce suffering by your thoughts.
You take a form of pain, and dive into that with your thoughts.
And instead of helping yourself, you’re dragging yourself into the pain, into what you call suffering, and make it worse.
And then you really are suffering.
The same goes for any issue that causes you pain, distress or not feeling good.
When you take a closer look at your thoughts, you will start to see that it’s how you perceive things, which causes suffering, or the absence of it.
There are better ways to deal with pain, than diving into a feeling of suffering!
A way to solve suffering
When you reframe whatever it is that you’re going through, give it a different meaning, instead of seeing it as pain you can see it as an experience.
See it as a means that is trying to tell you that you have to do something, or stop doing something.
A headache, to stay with the initial example, is trying to tell you something.
You’re doing things, maybe eating or drinking things, that are causing your body to respond with pain, to get your attention, to help you make better decisions when it comes to food, dealing with stress, or challenges you’re facing.
Pay attention to what you think!
If you start looking at what your body, or anything painful, is trying to tell you, you will experience that ‘suffering’ is something that’s suddenly disappearing out of your vocabulary.
You are only suffering what you think your are suffering.
It’s the thoughts you think that make any experience you’re having, any physical response you’re having, any emotional issue you’re having, into something that it actually isn’t.
It’s caused by your thoughts.
We hope you understand how important it is to be in control of what you are thinking.
We’ve spoken about this very often, and still we see that many people keep thinking thoughts that aren’t helpful, that are causing them harm, more than any issue or experience they are going through.
Get a grip on your thoughts
We want you to live a happy life, and we want to teach you how to become a more healthy ‘thinker’, by stopping to overthink things, and stopping the negative talk inside your mind.
Those are habits, addictions even, that you can stop, if you’re willing to work on it!
So, whenever you feel like you are suffering from whatever it is, think again, and start thinking new thoughts.
See how everything that is going on in your life is of your own creation, and it’s there to tell you something!
Play with this knowledge, experiment with it, and see how your thoughts have an effect on your mood, on how you’re seeing and perceiving things.
It can be a fun way to expand your consciousness, which is after all why you’re having this human experience anyway!
We love you very much, dear human, and look forward to seeing you step into your power! You got this!
We are The Wisdom, and with that we are complete.
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