We suffer because we marry our instinctive aversion to pain to the deep-seated belief that life should be free from pain. In resisting our pain by holding this belief, we strengthen just what we’re trying to avoid. When we make pain the enemy, we solidify it. This resistance is where our suffering begins.

– Ezra Bayda, “When It Happens to Us”

(I received this today from Tricycle magazine and really enjoyed it.)