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Suffering

WATCH: A Fire Taught Me To Be Happy With Nothing

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.30.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

One tenet of Buddhism dictates that suffering is the first truth of life, and that great lessons can be learned from moments of terrible strife. Autho...

'Suffering' as a Guiding Principle for Raising Livestock

Bob Comis | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Bob Comis

I eat meat, and I raise animals to slaughter and butcher for their meat. So, in spite of the fact that measuring suffering is fraught, I use it as one of my guiding principles for providing a high level of animal welfare.

How to Stop Suffering

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

A few months ago I delivered a TEDx talk in Hoboken. TEDx is the local version of the TED talks that are given annually in Long Beach, Calif. and that...

A Crisis of Faith

Rick McDaniel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

What then are the root causes which are at the heart of a crisis of faith? We can see these in the lives of five great men of God in the Old Testament. Men who did some of the greatest exploits that have ever been done in the name of God.

5 Ways to Avoid Mental Pain and Suffering

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

For one week be aware every time you experience any mental pain or suffering. Don't suppress it. Experience it fully for just a moment.

The Self Is Dead -- Long Live the Superself

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the sixth and final post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of self...

What Is Man?

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the fifth post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of selfhood affec...

Anxiety and Emptiness

Sheryl Paul | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Sheryl Paul

So here you are on this threshold, where the anxiety has quieted and you're left with emptiness. If you stop moving and stop searching and find stillness, you'll touch into what wants to be known. You'll find clarity.

The Superself: Genome, Menome, and Wenome

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

In this view, our selves are far more extensive than we've been led to believe. They extend beyond our own bodies to include what we think of as other selves and the world. We live in the minds of others, and they in ours.

Live Your Life Fulfilled

Jeff Cannon | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeff Cannon

I wish I could say there is a way to live life without pain. There is not. While it is not pleasant, pain is a part of the human experience. However, there is a difference between pain and suffering. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is something you can overcome.

Why Are Humans So Cruel?

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.07.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Recent science is shedding light on this question, and the main culprit at work seems to be envy. The more we envy someone, the more pleasure we derive when that person meets some horrid end.

Border Defense for Personal Development

Bradley Foster | Posted 09.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

Takers can't take anything from us unless we give it to them. Having good boundaries is a balance of our needs and beliefs and what we can do to support the other person. We are authentic and genuine when we are in harmony with ourselves and the other's boundaries.

'Self' Is a Misnomer

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The word "self" carries strong connotations of autonomy, individuality, and self-sufficiency. It's as if it were chosen to mask our interdependence. It's hardly an exaggeration to say that in buying into this notion of selfhood, humankind got off on the wrong foot.

Why Everything You Know About Yourself Is Wrong

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

While we all casually refer to our self, no one knows quite what that self is. Nothing is so close at hand yet hard to grasp as selfhood.

Hit and Run

Amy Oraefo | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Oraefo

Pain is relative and suffering is optional. Do not choose to suffer through anything in silence. Who knows, you could be the driving force responsible for assisting a person in completely recovering or even avoiding their next personal crisis.

You Do Not Have to Suffer

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

Because it is the meaning we give events that produces most of our suffering, by no longer giving meaning to events, you can stop your suffering.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

It Shouldn't Be as Painful as It Is

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

If you're experiencing pain on any level, I want you to take a good look at the level of resistance that you may be creating. Where do you need to face your problems head on? Where do you need to accept them? And where do you need to release?

Answering God's Call

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

In crisis, the wrong question to ask is, "What have I done to deserve this?" The right one is, "What am I now being summoned to do?" Each of us has a task. Every life has a purpose. We can bear the pain of the past when we discover the future we are called on to make.

Complain to Me, Please!

Jane Roper | Posted 05.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Roper

Perspective is important. We should all keep in mind that our problems could be worse, and that all suffering is relative. This can help us feel less overwhelmed by our own challenges, more grateful for our many blessings, and more compelled to empathize with and help others.

Right View: Seeing The World Through Buddha's Eyes

Lewis Richmond | Posted 07.15.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Seeing the world through Buddha's eyes is the work of a lifetime, one that constantly needs to be renewed at every life stage and in every societal circumstance.

Recognize Suffering in Others

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Watch and listen to those closest to you. What's hurting over there? Face it, even if you have to admit that you are one of its causes. If appropriate, ask some questions, and talk about the answers.

The Pain of Others

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 07.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

How can we feel not just the pain of mothers who look like people we love, or who live in places that look like places we know, but the pain of all people everywhere -- including our presumed enemies?

Is God Guilty?

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

If God is so Great, why can't He just create a world without any pain whatsoever? I don't want people to stop talking to God. I'm not even angry at God for something terrible like cancer. I just want people to think.

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Every senseless, horrific act of violence brings up the question of good vs. evil, and when you read that children have died by violence there's even more reason to shudder and doubt.