“Pain is inevitable. . Suffering is optional.” . ~Zen proverb~


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Chronic pain patient, meditator (me), pain is inevitable, suffering is optional, today.
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The pain stands alone, what we add by reacting, giving attention, becoming alarmed or afraid, is called suffering.
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It is self-inflicted, administered by our thoughts and attention.
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I do not think about my pain, my spine, my discomfort.
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I leave it alone, I do not touch it, fear it, caress it or avoid it.
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Pain does not have an cruel manner, an angry temper or evil intent, it is neutral, a body mechanism, broken now and firing chronically.
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Next post, chronic pain can be compressed, diminished, subdued, impacted.
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