If we can accept suffering, relax and feel good about it, or in spite of it, be cool, we can make our peace with it to some degree and let go of the anguish. Perhaps not enough to be happy, but enough to find some contentment and freedom within ourselves. To be fully conscious is to know not only what is happening physically and materially, or even mentally. It is also to know what we are feeling - how we feel - and to realise that the world of feeling is like a river. The soul in its pure form is always clear and flowing, innocent and childlike. Feeling pain and discomfort resembles the stagnant water that has collected water in one corner of the river where the water has been contained and stuck and ceases to flow. The remaining water continues to flow but our minds become trapped by the tangible suffering we feel. In other words, we lose the big picture; we concentrate on our suffering or succumb to its gravitational hold over us. This increases our strength and stamina and it teaches us lessons we need to learn.
What I am getting at is that human beings have forgotten that we are not here to focus on the conditions and circumstances presented to us, or our individualistic desires, alone. These things are but part of the overall ‘drink.’ To achieve an ideal level of consciousness requires that we tap into the purity of our souls as well, the water of pure feeling in which there are no mixed emotions. We can find this water within ourselves naturally by responding to and caring for other people. However, it exists within us regardless of our social lives. In the modern world, we are conditioned to neglect our inner life of feeling. Feelings and imagination ‘do not pay the bills.’ We become too serious, too stressed because we always have worries, urgent matters that require our attention. We become lost in a cycle of despair. Yet, we can let go of it if we choose, wholly or simultaneously. All we need is a willingness to feel some degree of the joy and appreciation that lies forever within us somewhere, to flow with another part of the river that is our soul.