“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.” – Haruki Murakami
I feel as though part of what suffering is all about is the relationship an individual has with pain. If an individual can re-frame the way in which they view pain, then the amount they need to suffer as a result can be determined by how well they can relate to that particular pain that they are experiencing.
Pain is just an experience, at the end of the day. However, our intellect has a way of experiencing pain and then multiplying it in our heads, a thousand fold. This is called ‘suffering’. A survival mechanism? – Potentially. But this tendency of ours proves to cause more pain than necessary.
This has become less a matter of our will to survive and more about our untamed intellect that now runs riot and controls the way we deal with pain.
So, how do we fix this? – By training the mind. Your intellect is yours to use, so avoid letting it use you.