Miserable suffering is a state of mind

Pain is inevitable;
Misery/happiness is optional.

Despite pain, we can still enjoy life in peace and happiness.
Pain does not cause misery.
It is the struggle to reject pain that causes misery.

Many people enjoy eating spicy food.
The more pain caused to the tongue, the greater the enjoyment.
It is not pain that makes us suffer in misery.
It is the struggle to reject, to avoid, to deny reality that makes us suffer.
Miserable suffering is a state of mind.

Observe pain as it is.
Physical pain.
Emotional pain.
It hurts. But it is not you. It is reality.

Dispel your illusory beliefs and stories.
Appreciate reality as it is.
There is a profound peace and happiness in it.

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Serenity prayer

“God, give me
The courage to do what I can,
The serenity to accept what I can’t,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”

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