This is one of the greatest sources of joy in life.
Most of the time, I am not feeling pain.
Noticing the absence of pain is not natural though.
We have to train for this.
“We are hardwired to notice the arising of a phenomenon—such as sight or sound for example—we sense if, perceive it, cognize it, and then thoughts arise out of it. In other words, the mind is stimulated to participate in that phenomenon.”
-Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan.
We are not hardwired to notice the lack of a stimulus. We have to bring awareness to it.
This awareness can be trained to be a mental habit.
This is how: Notice if you have any pain. Then notice where you are not in pain.
Remind yourself of that. If any joy arises from that thought, attend to that joy!
Example, if you have a backache, ask if you have a toothache. If not, say “I don’t have a toothache right now.”
You can notice lack of emotional pain too.
“I am not suffering the pain of hatred right now.”
Attend to any joy that arises.
The more you do it, the easier it becomes. The more it becomes a habit.
What joy can you attend to right now by noticing a lack of pain?
“Habits don’t change in a day. But 1% improvement every day makes every habit work” — James Altucher
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