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reply to post by new_here
...pay attention to who's there to witness your suffering and the effect it has on them.
reply to post by kalunom
Conscious suffering sounds like dwelling on it, which causes (for me) continued suffering for me and those around me. Please explain what you mean. I really want to understand.
I don't find suffering to be a gift.
Sometimes too much suffering leaves you numb and unable to feel anymore...
I had someone close to me years ago get me a book "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," and honestly I didn't read much of it just skimmed it. I was in a "dark" place you could say, too much suffering which I didn't to be any kind of gift. It was given to me because this person SAW my suffering and was trying to make me feel better. In a way it helped some but it didn't fix anything in my life at the time.
Sure suffering can make you stronger due to whatever circumstances caused the suffering but sometimes too much suffering can leave you cold and hardened inside.
edit on 2/5/2014 by mblahnikluver because: hit enter too fast
That's the reason why it happened to me. So I could appreciate life for what it is and realize just how magnificent it is. A simple truth becomes obvious: When you lose everything you get to cherish everyhing.
Have you ever realized most emotions comes from thoughts?
Some people are under the assumption that your emotions come from your thoughts. That would be wrong. It is a bit more involved than that. It's not just what we think about, or put our attention on that determines our emotions. Contrary to some current self-help philosophy, your emotions don't come just from your thoughts.
n psychology and philosophy, emotion is a subjective, conscious experience characterized primarily by psychophysiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states. Emotion is often associated and considered reciprocally influential with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation. It also is influenced by hormones and neurotransmitters such as dopamine, noradrenaline, serotonin, oxytocin, cortisol and GABA. Emotion is often the driving force behind motivation, positive or negative. An alternative definition of emotion is a "positive or negative experience that is associated with a particular pattern of physiological activity.