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Monday, November 29, 2010


During the long holiday weekend, I was contemplating relativity. How pain (physical, mental or emotional) is relative; some people have a so-called low threshold while others have a high one. But what does that really mean? It's comparison. And how can one seriously compare one person's pain to another's? It's all relative, because we are each unique.

Pema Chodron says: "We can meet our match with a poodle or with a raging guard dog, but the interesting question is -- what happens next?" (from "When Things Fall Apart")

And isn't that the true meaning; not the comparison but how we respond to our own experience of the pain or however a limitation or challenge presents itself?

Do we use the pain or suffering, situation or dis-ease, to become our identity?
Do we create groups based upon this identification?
If so, do we set ourselves apart from others by saying "you can't know how I feel because you haven't experienced this?"
Do we use it as an opportunity for growth or rebirth?

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