Suffering is Optional
by Dennie Sueirro, RScP
“There will always be pleasure and pain as part of the human experience, and no amount of enlightenment will ever change that.” – Jim Palmer
When talking with people in New Thought, I often hear them focus only on being happy. And while I do agree that being happy is a good foundation for living our lives, I also see folks try to squeeze out any feelings that may be anything but “good.” As Jim Palmer suggests, pain and a whole range of other feelings are what life is actually all about! One cannot enlighten themselves out of experiencing the vast array of feelings and emotions of being human. To me, it is almost self abusive to try to only be happy. Avoiding pain and trying to keep that “happy place” going can lead to emotional stress and addictive habits.
The goal, for me is to not languish in the pain. Sitting and stewing in the situation without seeking resolution is what I think of as suffering. So for me, I feel it, see what the root of it is – and then I put my focus on acknowledging it and work to come to terms with it and walk through it to its natural conclusion. Sometimes I to talk to a Practitioner to assist in the walk through, but I move on and get back on my path of spiritual/human living.
Affirm: I allow the feelings to come, and I move through them with Grace, seeking help when I need it.