Ask Lewis Q. Do you speak about suffering and if so what determines how intense a person’s suffering would be?
Lewis Answers: I speak a lot about it. A person may be a successful business person or sales person and still suffer.
The origin and cause of the suffering, its processes, the meaning it presents to the individual who is suffering, its related social, personal, and cultural behaviors, the knowledge of how to manage, reduce or eliminate the suffering and the benefits one might accrue for having suffered all influence the intensity of suffering. Add to this the frequency of each occurrence, the concurrence of mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual, factors, combined with the duration of the suffering and you have a very wide range of experiences related to suffering. Buddhism, Landmark education, a slaes training or any other mental approach can’t transcend this easily.
I have spoken of suffering in other newsletters but I think it is important to revisit the subjects. The 2015 holiday season is upon us and this is a time for great joy and suffering. Suffering can contribute to the organization of meaning in an individual’s psychological and emotional world. It is a mistake to assume that suffering is all negative. Suffering is merely an expression of natural law and a tool for survival. For the unaware individual, it is often a very negative experience, especially when the result of poor choices one may have made in the recent or distant past.
Suffering is the disruptive, necessary mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with harm or threat of harm. There is some suffering which is necessary. All other suffering is a self created illusion.
Compassion, one of the most worthy, desired, and admired of human qualities, comes from our recognition of the suffering of others. The suffering of others may give meaning and direction to our own lives and may motivate and inspire us to serve those in need. This service, in turn, creates a larger sense of community.
There are many variables that might increase or decrease a person’s suffering. The main factor is a person’s attitude about the suffering combined with their emotional response and personal beliefs about such things as whether the suffering was undeserved or deserved, unavoidable or avoidable, useless or useful.
At times ones suffering can be so expansive as to possess mental, emotional, psychological or spiritual elements. Which is worse? It all depends on a person’s perspective on life pain and pleasure. The Wisdom Path is a way to dissolve unnecessary suffering.
Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why people suffer:
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