Pain Happens, Suffering is Optional

June 8, 2022
LaRee Florence

Pain is a very real part of our lives. It’s unavoidable. It's even essential for our well being. But what about suffering?  All suffering is pain without acceptance. This is where the PLAY THEORY principle, Accept and Build, comes in. We all experience pain. When we refuse to accept it and instead resist it, is when we suffer. In this episode we consider how the PLAY THEORY principles can help.

Play of the Week:  Instead of resisting pain, the next time you're feeling it, accept that you’re feeling it without anticipating or hanging onto it. After accepting that you’re feeling pain build on the situation by asking what you can learn from it and be curious if there’s any purpose to it. Then move on. If it’s a long term pain, find a distraction or something that you can do instead of focusing all your attention on your discomfort. 

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2 comments on “Pain Happens, Suffering is Optional”

  1. I didn't know it at the time, but this is how I learned to bare children naturally. I found my self changing how I talked about contractions it went from "pain" to the sensations of my amazing body moving and preparing for me baby to move down and squeeze through and out into my arms. It was a lot of pressure but I learned to accept it and work with it.I have 6 beautiful children and I feel empowered and strength when I think back on their births, in fact I almost completely forget the suffering.

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