There is a wise saying: Prevention is better than cure. This wise saying can be applicable to physical pain as well as to mental and emotional pain. When we have physical pain we take pills to reduce the physical pain. A better way to deal with the physical pain is to find out what cuases physical pain and to take actions to prevent it coming by taking preventive measures to create physical immunity. Likewise, we can prevent or avoid our mental and emotional pain by knowing what cuases difficult and destructive thoughts and emotions. And that way we cultivate our mental immunity.
I have been suffering from physical pain for quite some time. In order to reduce my physical pain I take pain reducing pills. I also have consulted experts to discover the cause of physical pain and do whatever is prescibed to reduce the physical pain. I also apply other ways for managing my physical pain such as relaxing breathing and Yogic stretchings. I have learned not to dwell on painful thoughts and not to get obsessed with these thoughts. The same way I deal with menatal and emotional suffering. I follow three steps: Recognize and accept suffering. Inquire the cause of suffering with a kind , loving and compassionate attitude, and repond, not to react.. How do I relate to my suffering makes a vital difference I have learnt no to react but to reapond and do wahtever I can to create a calm and nourishing environment in my body-mind complex.
Awareness, acceptance, creating a kind and compassionate attitude, patience and practicing non-judgmental mindfulness and meditation help me create a healthy mentaldisposition.
Jagdish P Dave