Looking around it is obvious that there is a lot of misery in the world. It is easy to believe that we are definitely not living in an ‘Enlightened’ or ‘Golden’ age. So, let’s explore Why Do People Suffer?
We are all born into the conditions of this age and are therefore subject to the energy that is prevalent around us. Currently, there is widespread financial hardship, ongoing conflict within and between countries, and the ever-present threat of global warming which we are told will destroy humankind and the beautiful Earth as well.
When taking all the above issues, and many more, into account you could say we have many justifiable reasons to be pessimistic about our life and future prospects. On top of this, we as individuals also have many personal problems to deal with on an ongoing basis.
However, as individuals, we actually have many choices available to us. The best choice for our health and wellbeing is not to buy into anything negative as negative thinking will only ever result in negative consequences.
The sooner we can begin to change our perspective, the way we view our life, and all life in general, the sooner we will turn our life around for the better. So, read on if you want to learn how to reduce your suffering and begin improving your life right now?
Why Do People Suffer?
Suffering is an established way of life for so many people, but it does not need to be this way!
Many people seem to be programmed to accept suffering as a natural condition of life and their identity is formed around struggle and hardship. Their daily circumstances reveal to them many opportunities to confirm that life is hard and therefore they continue having thoughts that keep them trapped in a cycle of misery, hardship, fear, and limitation.
If they experience some happiness they may feel that they don’t deserve it and sabotage the experience to return to their normal state of being which includes suffering. This is because they have been programmed to think in a certain way, and the reality is that our external lives are just a manifestation of our predominant thoughts.
Unfortunately for most of us, we are only consciously aware of five percent of our thoughts on any given day. The other ninety-five percent come from our subconscious mind and are thoughts that were programmed into us when we were young and impressionable.
If those programming you believed in hardship, scarcity, fear, etc. then it is almost certain that these are the predominant thoughts that make up the ninety-five percent of subconscious thoughts that still control the makeup of your current life!
What causes suffering?
Many people will tell you that suffering is a natural part of life and we are unable to escape from it. They say this because they are under the impression that suffering is caused by other people and events external to themselves to which they have no control.
The reality is that nobody causes our suffering for us. We alone are responsible for the quality of our lives, both the good and the bad. All suffering occurs because we generate tensions in our mind, and conversely, when our mind is at ease, free of tension, we are able to remain at peace with ourselves and the world at large.
When we know this, we can understand that being happy or sad is a choice as our feelings and subsequent emotions are a direct result of the thoughts that we are having at any given moment.
Therefore, if we know how to stop creating tensions with our thoughts it becomes easy to remain peaceful and happy in all situations.
We alone are the cause of all of our suffering!
We can only ever experience what our thoughts are creating. This is the universal Law of Attraction at work in all of our lives, at all times, without exception. So when we are experiencing unhappiness, sadness, or suffering on a daily basis, it is because it is part of our current mind programming.
We may be aware of this programming or it may be buried deep within our subconscious mind and is only brought up when we are not consciously aware of the thoughts we are having….. Which is ninety-five percent of the time!
The only way to eliminate suffering is to no longer have thoughts that are creating tension in our minds.
You might currently think that this is impossible because of the circumstances in your life or because of all the negative things that are happening in the world at the moment that are out of your control. However, these things will continue to happen whether you like it or not, so for us, the challenge is how can we avoid having negative thoughts about them?
How do we get to the point where we are no longer suffering?
It is obvious that different people are affected differently by viewing or experiencing the same event. Knowing this, it becomes clear that the difference is in the way that each of us is thinking in relation to the circumstance or event. It is our thoughts that determine how we feel and react. Therefore, OUR thoughts are creating OUR reality at all times!
So, thoughts create reality and therefore if we change our thoughts we will change our reality! Simple yes? Ahhhh, not quite so simple when you remember that ninety-five percent of your thoughts are subconscious and are a regurgitation of the past negative thoughts you have been programmed with throughout your life up to this point.
However, there is a simple solution: To create effective change in our lives we must become consciously aware, or mindful, of more of the thoughts that are traversing our mind for more of the time each and every day.
This means that when we see something that we previously would have had a negative reaction towards, instead of taking it personally and becoming emotionally involved in the event or circumstance, we can re-frame the experience by viewing it objectively.
We are not the problem, we are the mind and senses that witness the problem!
To achieve this, it helps to remember that we are not the problem. The problem is something that is happening outside of us, and if we have no control over it there is no point in having a negative reaction to it. Reacting negatively only affects our personal state of wellbeing and brings us down. This is not an intelligent choice in any situation. We never gain anything by lowering our vibration!
People who are attached to their suffering will always be miserable. This is how Universal Law works. ‘To those who have, more will be given, and to those who don’t have, what they have will be taken away from them!’
The wise choice is to always seek the ‘higher path’ and look after our own wellbeing first and then we are in a better position to help others if we desire to do so.
Positive thinking for more of the time each day will result in a better life experience for you, starting right now!
When we have negative thoughts in our minds, the negative effects are immediate upon our feelings and emotions. We are the only ones who suffer because of the way we are thinking. We cannot be having negative thoughts and feeling good at the same time. Try it, it is impossible!
So, when we realize that any suffering or negativity we feel at any time is a result of what we are currently thinking, the remedy to our suffering becomes obvious. Just change the habitual pattern of generating negative thoughts that have led to our negative feelings and emotions into a more positive mindset. Our life will improve in direct relation to the improved quality of thoughts that we are able to sustain.
Once we have experienced the real happiness that a mind free from worry brings, we will understand that this is our natural state of being and we will wonder how we could ever have believed differently!
Shared with love and respect for all beings in the hope of making the world a happier place one soul at a time 🙂
14 thoughts on “Why Do People Suffer? (And How You Can Reduce Your Suffering)”
I really enjoyed reading this article. I had to take my time and absorb every paragraph as they were full of very deep thought-provoking statements. I really believe suffering and accepting our state of suffering is a state of mind. This state of mind can only change if we are ready to get rid of our worries and replace them with positive thoughts.
Positive thoughts are the way forward. The hidden benefits of always thinking and staying positive are very vital to our daily wellbeing.
Thanks, Andrew, for sharing such a positive article. This is exactly what we need!
Hi Daniel. Thanks again for your time to comment on my post. You are right that suffering is a state of mind, and so is happiness, fear, love, joy, etc. All feelings and emotions have a starting point with our thoughts. Understanding this is the first step in being able to wake up to the fact that how we are feeling at any given moment is totally up to us! The power to be happy is simply a choice we either make or don’t make. I hope you are being aware of your thoughts and creating good feelings for yourself, my friend. many thanks for sharing.
These are interesting insights! Keeping that positive mindset is a skill that people can learn. It’s really easy to dwell on what’s not going right in your life; if you dwell on it too long, you’ll think your life doesn’t have meaning at all. That suffering is important to recognize in order to know how to combat it. I really enjoyed your post. Thank you!
Hi Bobby. Thanks for your comments. I agree if we focus on the negatives we lose the meaning in our lives.
It’s interesting that being happy is just another skill set that we can all learn but so few people understand this and even fewer put in the effort to create a better life for themselves by focusing on the positives that we are surrounded by every day. Our education systems tend to teach us to look for problems and to become problem solvers. We would all be better off if we were taught from a young age to look at what is going right and expand upon that, instead of always looking for what is going wrong with our lives.
What an awesome post. The power is and has always been in our hands. Our thoughts create and we become what we think about continually.
Many are not aware that we attract to us what we tend to focus our thoughts on, be it positive or negative. Mindfulness living is one of the keys to a happy, healthy, bright and prosperous life 🙂
Hi Theresa. Many thanks for your comments. I agree with you 100% that mindfulness is key to living a happy, healthy, bright and prosperous life. It seems so obvious that we alone are responsible for the quality of our lives, but as you have pointed out, so many people are still not aware of this fundamental universal truth. However, the future is looking bright 🙂
I wish you well on your journey,
Hi Andrew, I agree with your post, the negative thinking does not do anyone any good. It seems the more negative thoughts you have worse things seem to happen in your life. I don’t think it is a coincidence.
Being positive is always going to bring better things into your life. So I hope people take your advice and start to change their negative thoughts into positive ones from today and see the difference it will make to their lives.
Thanks for sharing, an uplifting read first thing in the morning,
Hi Frank. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post. I believe there are no coincidences in life. We all get what we deserve and this corresponds exactly to what our thoughts have been creating. I also hope that people will begin to be more responsible with their thoughts, and yes, they will see positive changes in their lives without exception.
Cheers mate, and have a great day!
Hey Andrew, that was actually a really good read through! It’s been a while since I’ve genuinely enjoyed reading such a well-thought-out blog post like this one. You have no idea how much I think about stuff like this on a daily basis. I honestly do believe that our minds and thoughts are creating the reality that we each experience, but I believe this to be true on a much deeper, metaphysical level. I look forward to reading your future blog posts! Peace
Thanks for your comments TJ. I Look forward to hearing from you again. To me, life is quite simple. If we choose to be happy, we will be happy…. so, why do so many people choose thoughts that don’t bring them a fulfilling and satisfying life experience? As you say, we create our own reality. We may as well just choose to be happy 🙂
Cheers mate. Have a great life 🙂
Hi Andrew, I really enjoyed reading this post as I’m a great believer in the law of attraction. I have a tendency to worry though, and always try to be mindful of my thoughts. It’s so easy to let one negative thought enter your mind. Entertaining it can allow more to follow, lowering your vibration very fast!
Hi Kathy. None of us are perfect and it’s not easy to monitor all of our thoughts all of the time. Slipping up by having some negative thoughts is just how it is for most of us. However, when we do realize that we are having a negative thought it is to our benefit to change it into something positive immediately. By doing this we do not strengthen our neural connections related to the unwanted thoughts and instead strengthen the neural pathways that will benefit us and lead to more positive thought habits forming in our minds.
This is a process that will never end for us, it is ongoing as long as we are alive as we are forever growing and evolving. When we have attained one goal, we will always seek out to improve beyond what we currently are. So never ever be disappointed or upset with yourself if you think you have slipped up, just be happy that you are wise enough to realize when you are thinking something that is not serving your best interests and move forward from there.
I wish you well on your journey. With love and respect,
Hi Andrew. I love this post!
I’ve known for years that a better frame of mind leads to a better life, but the detailed reasoning you provide has helped me realise why, and more importantly, how to achieve it.
I look forward to reading the rest of your posts and to taking positive action.
Hi Adrian. Many thanks for your comments. The sooner you begin the better. You have nothing to lose and a better life to gain by taking action each and every day. I wish you all the best on your journey.