Sickness and pain are teachers

Sometimes the body gets sick. Or you may get injured, and feel pain. 

In one way, sickness and pain contribute to our feeling of separation, because they appear to be so personal. 

We don’t want to feel pain. We want to feel pleasure. The sun on our face is more desirable than a tooth ache. 

Pain is a mechanism that tells us something is wrong with the body. Our body needs attention. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact it’s a good thing.

In reality, sickness and pain simply appear in consciousness. 

That’s all it is. Different kinds of thoughts appear in consciousness in connection with sickness and pain than those connected with pleasure. That’s all.

The universe meets itself in all phenomena.

If we regard both pleasure and pain as phenomena of physical bodies then we can go beyond thinking “I am in pain” and see that pain is simply arising in awareness. 

Even when we are sick, our home is the ground of consciousness and bliss. Sickness may appear in awareness but it cannot affect awareness. 

Who you really are is immutable. 

Everything else is simply life happening. 

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