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Finding meaning in joy and suffering

I don’t know how many people find meaning in suffering but it might just be that in suffering you discover more about yourself than you do when you are in a state of joy.   The questions are asked more often in suffering.  Questions of why – why me – why?  Perhaps that is the wrong question to ask.  When there is suffering the goal is to make it go away and that it does go away and in most cases it will.

When we experience joy more often than not we know it will subside overtime and go away.   It is unlikely that the question is asked how can I keep joy going when we are in a state of joy.   It seems as if we accept joy for what it is when it is present.

Business leaders try to examine the success of others so that they can apply that knowledge to their line of work in order to increase their chance of success or to increase their current success.  Now what would happen if individuals focused on improving their lives, their joy and their success, what do you think would happen?

Constant incremental improvement – constantly improve the joy in your life by focusing on what makes you filled with joy.

Try it!   Spend a few minutes each day and write down the things that were good – joyful.   Even if it is just one thing write it down and the next day try to find two things that were joyful.  You may have to work on making joy enter your life – try it!

In suffering try to find joy and it may mean helping someone else find joy.

breathe freely

 

 

“The prime cause of our suffering is our wanting things to be different than they are!”  Susan Jeffers

 

When our expectations exceed reality we generate toxins in our body that produce a variety of pain.   For some people it is debilitating headaches, for others it could be intramuscular pains that seems as real as if there were some physical trauma that caused the pain.   In reality our body is reacting from the stress of expectation and dealing with the stress by creating pains in the body.

If we could align our expectations with “what is” rather than “what it should be” then a lot of the stress we experience could be removed.  

There are many stress reducing techniques available, some are breathing techniques where you focus on the intake and exhale of air into the body.   By controlling the flow of air we can control the flow and impact of stress.   It takes practice and some thought to get the breathing technique to produce the desired results.  Like exercise it is something that needs to be done with some regularity in order to produce the greatest benefit.   Breathing correctly needs to become a habit.