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The Degree of Personal Suffering

In Conscious Living on September 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Recently my research focus has been on the correlation between self absorption and personal pain. What I mean by this is that when we have a sharp focus of mental energy directed toward ourselves – when we have ourselves ‘clearly in sight’ – our experience of personal pain is magnified. Conversely, when we are more focussed on the life going on around us or on other people, our experience of pain is greatly lessened; defused because of the lesser focus on ourselves.

Have you ever noticed this? When your problems seem insurmountable and you are at the height of mental, emotional or even phsycial suffering, your mind is self directed, self focused and ‘it’s all about you’? Have you ever noticed too that when you have been at your lowest point mentally and emotionally, that you are by yourself? Alone-with-your-suffering?

The formula is quite simple! Your degree of self focus + negative mental energy = degree of personal suffering.


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