“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is. If your spouse or lover leaves you, the amount of stress or suffering each of you experiences depends upon the meanings each of you places on the event. If you believe it to be good, that you are now free, you suffer less; if you believe it is bad, that you are now alone, you suffer more. The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.
By accepting an event as it occurs – not passively, but by making the best of it – and by accepting your thoughts and feelings and acting constructively, you can reduce suffering and create greater ease and flow in your life. Such acceptance is the practice of everyday enlightenment. You tame your mind not by changing your world, but by changing your response.”
Dan Millman, in “Everyday Enlightenment”
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