The way I cope with my discomfort and suffering has ripple effects for myself and others.
Some may be healing and bring a deeper resolution for me, and makes me less of a nuisance for others. Others may add to my own suffering, and it may even trigger suffering in others.
Here are some of these coping strategies, listed from healing to less healthy.
Potentially healing and leading to resolution
Inquire into how my mind creates its own experience – of a threat, deficient or inflated self, compulsion, or anything else. (Living Inquiries.)
Inquire into stressful beliefs. (The Work.)
Finding genuine love for my experience as it is. (Ho’oponopono, tonglen, metta etc.)
Release tension out of the body. (TRE.) This tension often “fuels” anxiety, depression, reactivity, wounds, trauma, compulsions, addictions and more.
Pray for resolution, healing, guidance etc.
Slightly less satisfying
Overthinking. Analyzing. Intellectualizing. Rationalizing.
Finding comfort in religion, spiritual ideas, ideology.
Daydreaming. Distractions. Entertainment.
Seeking love, acceptance.
Compulsive eating, working, sex, exercise, seeking money and status.
Even less healthy
Strong ideologies. Bigotry. Sexism. Racism. Classism. Anthropocentrism.
Compulsive use of alcohol and drugs.
All of these and more are ways of dealing with stress, discomfort, and suffering. Some may lead to healing and resolution. Some are more neutral. And some adds to the suffering for myself and others.
And really, they are ways to cope with uncomfortable sensations made uncomfortable through the imagination connected with them.