As a marathoner, I am experienced with pain. The physical pain is real but manageable. Like a badge of honor, I am proud to be able to handle it.
But when it comes to emotional pain, marathoners are no better than average people. Emotional pains such as anger, frustration, disappointment, guilt, fear, and a whole host of other negative energies are tougher to deal with than physical pains.
It is an expressed goal shared by many to reduce human suffering (i.e. pain). But there are as many different approaches as there are people. Personally, I think there are a lot can be gained from dealing with pain and the lessons we learn from both the physical and emotional pains.
The article, Simplicity, Clarity, Beauty by Gede Prama is instructive on how to deal with emotional pains. Prama argues that for human beings, pain is inevitable. Instead of running away from pain, it is better to embrace pain as “an opportunity to refine the soul,” to confront the darkness of the unconscious, and to discover the ultimate healing from within.
Prama’s writing albeit not the easiest to follow does offer insights on the connection between mind and body and provide an alternative. After all, who does not want to reduce or eliminate suffering from their lives?