S = P x R
This concept related to acceptance and resistance is something I've called upon in my work with clients for many years, yet never thought to include in a blog post. But it's just so incredibly useful that it should be shared. A hard concept to integrate, but to the extent that you can, life simply becomes easier!
The idea is this: S = P x R Suffering equals Pain times Resistance *Pain in inevitable in life; Resistance is something we add.
Accept pain for what it is because it does exist. Pain includes both physical and emotional pain.
Resisting our pain worsens our suffering. Resistance can include: Shoulds, Coulds, Woulds, Denial, Pushing away, Holding ...