The Beauty of Suffering
The beauty of suffering -- told by every great master -- is that it gives you a gauge, a compass on the dashboard of your life, to guide you toward joy, toward ease, knowing and liberation . . . liberation from greater suffering. When you’re life is heading off course -- and you begin to suffer -- if you don’t correct your course, but stubbornly maintain that off-course, direction . . . then you'll suffer even more. The more you complain about it, the more you'll suffer, because you're not listening. But if you use this suffering as a gauge, as a guide to direct you back on course -- toward your benevolent destiny -- then the suffering ends . . . you operate in alignment with that destiny.
Just as when your hand comes near a hot stove, the hand experiences the heat; if you didn’t feel anything, but placed your hand on the stove, you'd burn. Suffering is that warning, that sensation -- it's the way the physical world tells you; the emotional world tells you; the mental world tells you . . . hey, you’re about to make a mistake -- about to walk down the wrong path . . . change now. We don't control what happens in life, we can control how we respond to it. When handled respectfully, suffering becomes a gentle, sacred guidance system in a life that makes good sense . . . and grows. There's one challenge -- when you think of it as punishment, or as a condemnation that you're bad -- then suffering becomes magnified . . . becomes a road block to your growth.
Our prayer is that you embrace your suffering as a guide; open to the directives that it sends you; follow these directives and then live without suffering. Always be grateful -- grateful that it's right there -- benevolently waiting to guide you back on course . . . it's a friend.