„The beauty of suffering – told by every great master – is that it gives you a gauge, a compass on the dashboard of your life to guide you toward joy, toward ease, knowing and liberation – liberation from greater suffering.
When you’re life is heading off course and you begin to suffer, if you don’t correct your course, but stubbornly maintain that off-course direction – then you’ll suffer even more. The more you complain about it, the more you’ll suffer, because you’re not listening. But if you use this suffering as a gauge, as a guide to direct you back on course toward your benevolent destiny – then the suffering ends, you operate in alignment with that destiny.
Just as when your hand comes near a hot stove, the hand experiences the heat; if you didn’t feel anything, but placed your hand on the stove, you’d burn. Suffering is that warning, that sensation – it’s the way the physical world tells you, the emotional world tells you, the mental world tells you: hey, you’re about to make a mistake, about to walk down the wrong path, change now.
We don’t control what happens in life, we can control how we respond to it. When handled respectfully, suffering becomes a gentle, sacred guidance system in a life that makes good sense and grows. There’s one challenge: when you think of it as punishment, or as a condemnation that you’re bad – then suffering becomes magnified, it becomes a road block to your growth.
Our prayer is that you embrace your suffering as a guide; open to the directives that it sends you; follow these directives and then live without suffering. Always be grateful that it’s right there, benevolently waiting to guide you back on course. It’s a friend.”