Published June 5, 2015 by Karen Koenig
We’ve all had “bad” things happen to us and some of you have had “terrible” things or many “terrible” things befall you—neglect, rape, bullying, sexual/verbal/physical abuse, poverty, accidents, and other events which were out of your control. Does that mean you must experience pain and suffering due to these events? You likely believe that pain and suffering are inevitable by-products of such happenings and cannot be separated from the distress you (or anyone) will experience in their aftermath.
If so, you’re wrong. Fact is, the meaning we make of trauma and “bad” things happening to us is the sole determinant of how much, if any, pain and suffering we experience.
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