Life is painful at times, and spiritually, we are meant to face the pains that life presents. In the western world, however, we often misrepresent God’s plan for us and expect life to be comfortable and free of trouble. We measure God’s presence in our lives by our level of personal comfort; we believe God is here if our prayers are answered. But neither God nor Buddha nor any other spiritual leader or tradition guarantees a pain-free life. Spiritual teachings encourage us to grow past and through painful experiences, each of which is a spiritual lesson.
~ Caroline Myss