“Pain and suffering are often the catalysts for life’s most profound lessons.” ~Dean Karnazes
Pain is a physical feeling, like when you get a headache, breaks a bone or stomachache. This feelings act as sensors and massagers to your brain as physical pain.
Suffering may be qualified as mental pain; it may occur as a result of many fields of human activity, a death of someone, a sentimental loss or may be concerned from their own points of view, attachments or aversions.
In Life and when running an ultra, we should know how to differ pain from suffering and treat each one with their own medicine, we may not be able to avoid physical pain but as suffering is a none physical pain and a mental process, it may be very helpful to deal apropietly when this demon call suffering appear during the race. It has been said that you can’t direct the wind but you can adjust the sails or as the Buddhist proverb says “Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional. .”
Some interesting views about dealing with suffering:
So next time you run, enjoy your pain.
“Make friends with pain, and you will never be alone.”~ Ken Chlouber
“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is…The only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds. ~ Dan Millman / Source: Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
“We’re in a free fall into future. We don’t know where we’re going. Things are changing so fast. And always when you’re going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. But all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It’s a very interesting shift of perspective . . . Joyfully participate in the sorrows of the world and everything changes.”~Joseph Campbell