There is a difference between pain and suffering. One is simply part of being alive, the other is optional. This week, after sitting and walking meditation, we explored the difference and how we can learn to dial down the suffering.
In her blog post on Ten Percent Happier, Sebene Selassie writes:
If something is unpleasant, can I just let it be that way? I don’t need to push it away. If I just notice it, maybe that noise is just… well, sound. That’s what it is. A loud sound. A very loud sound. I can feel that and not make a whole story about the inefficiencies of city hall.