Coping with pain and suffering

Unimaginable Suffering of Chronic Illness

While many of us partied  on New Year’s Eve, this is how Nancy Quinnell, cancer victim, described her holiday. “I was consumed by nausea. It became debilitating. I had thrown up for five days. The doctor suggested I have the fluid in my lungs drained. The procedure went horrifically! Fifty times more painful than the first time. The Radiologist tried to help but couldn't. I was already taking pain meds stronger than anything he had.”

 

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Suffering can be the Seeds of your Strength

After 25 years of police and criminal justice work, Cheri Maples co-founded the Center for Mindfulness & Justice to coordinate her work in criminal justice training, organizational consulting, and mindfulness workshops. Cheri has worked as a police officer and detective in Madison, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General, and head of Probation and Parole for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In 2008, she was ordained a dharma teacher by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, her long-time spiritual teacher, prolific author, poet, and peace activist.
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In the course of my chaotic journey to becoming a "mindful street cop," about which you can read elsewhere on this web site, I slowly learned several lessons that seem essential to truly mindful living. I think of them as the seven lessons from my own spiritual transformation. In this article, I discuss one of these lessons: suffering can be your strength.

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Compassion Section

Sister Risks Life for Little Sister
01 Jul 2012 - Ron AndersonSister Risks Life for Little Sister

            Sisters Camrey, 5, and Anaiah, 9, from a small town in Georgia, near Atlanta, each [ ... ]

Compassion and Photography
30 Jun 2012 - Ron AndersonCompassion and Photography

Nancy McGirr, a professional war photo-journalist for Reuters News Service, while on assignment in 1 [ ... ]

Slow Progress on Women Entering Positions of Power
12 Mar 2012 - Ron AndersonSlow Progress on Women Entering Positions of Power

This week the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a series of new [ ... ]

Suffering Section

Is Violence against Women the greatest single caus...
08 Oct 2012 - Ron AndersonIs Violence against Women the greatest single cause of Human Suffering Today?

Contemporary human suffering is the focus of Independent Lens PBS film documentary, Half the Sky, na [ ... ]

Why Think about Suffering?
05 Sep 2012 - Ron AndersonWhy Think about Suffering?

    Think about your past and try to remember the time in your life when you felt the gr [ ... ]

Unimaginable Suffering of Chronic Illness
10 Jan 2012 - Ron AndersonUnimaginable Suffering of Chronic Illness

While many of us partied  on New Year’s Eve, this is how Nancy Quinnell, cancer victim, described [ ... ]

Social Well-Being Section

Altrutopia
20 Aug 2012 - Ron AndersonAltrutopia

        Definition: “Altru-topia,” the conjunction of altruism and utopi [ ... ]

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