Most of the time, we have trouble accepting what seem like interminable suffering in the world, yet in a sense, suffering is one of the best teachers. Through sensitively observing the patterns of our pain and suffering, we can learn to understand ourselves physically, emotionally, and mentally. Ideas often have little connection with our lives, but to have pain and to feel it - that is the source of genuine learning.
Frustration and suffering lead to a deep understanding of ourselves and to the realization that there is no way to escape pain except by going through it and beyond it. When we are comfortable, often we are not even interested in looking any further - but the more frustration, pain, and confusion we feel, the more urgently we seek a way out of it. Suffering itself does not ultimately give us any answers, but it may inwardly push us to wake up - to being meditation, to develop our awareness.
Suffering, then, can be seen as a positive experience, because it gives us the opportunity to transform our emotions and bring ourselves closer to liberation. When we realize this we can wake up and find inner strength and energy which will sustain us each day throughout the rest of our lives.”