A simple seeker is recovering from yet another
fairly minor surgical procedure.
Why do you say, “Yes”, as if my pain was
How is that possible?
Are your wounds healing?
They seem to be, this time.
How do you know?
The nerves in the area are active.
Do they indicate healing?
I don’t know.
But, they live?
That in itself is a blessing.
Yes, but they hurt.
Are you suffering?
Where are you going with that question?
Where might I be going?
Pain versus suffering?
Yes. We feel pain with physical senses,
while suffering is an emotional response
that can be controlled, if we choose
to control it.
Perhaps my suffering comforts me
in my time of pain.
Is that a healthy situation?
In what sense?
Surely rejoicing in pain would suggest
an unhealthy mental attitude.
I am aware of feeling pain and my awareness
seems to activate self-compassion.
Yes. Go on.
You’re leading me down one of your paths
So, I feel compassion for my suffering
and not for my pain?
Yes, and in the deepening awareness
that it is your suffering that attracts
your compassion, healing gradually
My suffering is reduced?
Yes, and more. When your natural
healing energies are released from
their focus on your suffering they are
then able to cope with the source of pain.
Learn to relax and feel the pain