‘There’s No Gain without Pain’
If little labour, little are our gains:
Man's fortunes are according to his pains.
There are so many common statements about pain that I don't know how to reconcile them. For example, people often say, "Go to the threshold of pain and then back off a little," or "You can't build muscle without tearing muscle, and this involves shaking or pain." People commonly refer to "overstretching a muscle"versus"stretching it even though it hurts." Then there are the various descriptions of pain—sharp, dull, achy, tight, shooting, chronic, or intermittent versus constant, hot, tingling, and so forth. How do I answer questions about whether a pain is a healthy one or not? No gain without pain. The proverb for real means that we cannot accomplish real success in any field without great attempt and sacrifice from our end.
What is the opposite of pain? Nine out of 10 people will say, “Pleasure". I say it is “Incorrect”. The actual opposite of pain is“no pain”- i.e. comfort. And while comfort may be very nice, it is not the ultimate pleasure. A person who goes through life chasing comfort will be very disappointed at the end - because if you spend your life avoiding pain, you will also avoid the deepest pleasures.
As much as everyone tries to minimize pain in life, the fact remains that pain is unavoidable. Everything has its ups and downs. Therefore, if we want to succeed in life, the key is not to eliminate pain entirely (for that is impossible), but rather to learn how to understand and accept the pain.
Pain is the price we pay for pleasure. All of life’s lasting pleasures - good relationships, successful careers, the pursuit of meaning - require a lot of effort to achieve.
What we call “pain” is frequently a matter of “effort.” The effort of physical fitness is painful. The effort of thinking through a complex idea is painful. The effort of building a long-term relationship is painful. From here we see that although effort may be “painful,” the goal of life should not be to escape it. Anyone looking for a smooth ride will miss out on life’s immeasurable pleasures.
"One cannot get through life without pain. What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us."
Real pleasure is inseparable from pain. Here’s an example: What would you say is your parents’ greatest “pleasure?” That’s right, you.What would you say is your parents’ greatest “pain?” Same answer, you. It’s not an accident that your parents’ greatest pleasure is also the source of their greatest pain. Because the greater the pleasure, the greater the effort required.
Beyond this, the greater pain we experience on the way toward a goal, the greater we enjoy the success of reaching it. In other words: The more we pay, the more we treasure. If you run from pain or effort, you’re really running away from pleasure.
"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are."
The first of Buddha's four noble truths is, "There is suffering." Pain and suffering are an unavoidable, intimate part of life. In ‘yoga’ when we practice asana, we come face to face with pain. There is no avoiding it. For example, when you bend forward in Paschimottanasana (Seated- Forward Bend), immediately you feel discomfort in the backs of your legs. We should know that pain comes to guide and instruct us. We should develop a reflective sensitivity in our approach to discern what pain has to teach us.
Question arises: whether a pain is a healthy one or not. The ability to recognize and distinguish between different types and qualities of pain must be developed. A healthy or good pain will be felt as a progressive stretching and lengthening of the fibers. As we hold a pose and consciously quiet the breath and deflate the brain cells, muscles and fibers release, and the intensity of the discomfort becomes manageable. Attention to proper alignment will avoid overstretching or shaking, which is a type of violence. An unhealthy or bad pain will be experienced as a sharp, abrupt, or pinching feeling, which persists or intensifies. Once this distinction is clear, a proper response will become obvious. When we feel a sharp, unhealthy pain, we should use common sense and forgo the pose for a while. Determine what is wrong and try again with proper alignment and action. When the pose is correct, this type of pain is absent. In a class situation, to stoically tolerate pain until the instructor says to come out of the pose is a gymnastic attitude, not a yogic one.
Initially, pain is very formidable as the body struggles against it. From a yogic perspective, perseverance and reflection are required to dissipate the pain and find ease in the poses. This involves surrendering or softening the body to lessen the resistance and accompanying pain. The head and heart must work together judiciously and intelligently so that, even in the face of discomfort, the consciousness remains undisturbed. This is a spiritual approach to the path of yoga.
Why did GOD make it this way? God could have created us as automated robots. But instead He gave each of us a set of challenges - and the potential to overcome them. This is how we grow and "repair our souls." Utilizing our free will is the essence of what it means to be a human being.
Every moment we're alive, we're using our free will to choose between life and death, reality or escapism. It's a constant choice. We're either making the choice to take the pain in order to grow, or we're quitting.
Which is not to suggest that we should go out of our way to seek difficulties; but if there is a process that we must undergo, then it's foolish to avoid it. Too often we busy ourselves with petty distractions, in order to escape the confrontation with reality. But it always catches up with us eventually. Because it's part and parcel of our reason for being, all part of the Grand Eternal Plan.
Effort is a process that each of us has to go through. We have crucial life lessons to learn, and it's precisely for that reason our souls have come to earth in the first place. Our greatness is found in using our free will to resolve conflict, fight and accomplish; to bite the bullet and not run away.
Why is “Accepting Pain” a way to Wisdom?
a). “According to the effort is the reward.” The more effort you expend, the more pleasure you’ll get.
b). If you jump ship when the waters get choppy, you’ll never make it to shore.
c). Accept the pain of confronting reality and finding truth.
d). Deal with the difficulties of life by finding pleasure within the pain.
e). Don’t fear the pain; learn to welcome it as a necessary byproduct of growth.
f). Don’t escape the suffering of others.
g). Learning wisdom requires struggling to research an idea, understand it, integrate it, and practice it over and over.
- - Achieving goals is difficult
- - without some sacrifice;
- - Remember that you can't get rich
- - Until you pay the price.
No pain no gain...
No pain no gain.
Nothing will come of nothing.
This line means that it is definite that we cannot evolve anything from where there is nothing as nothing represents that there is no thing. If we do not make any efforts, we cannot expect any good result for our endeavor.
This line is taken from the play KING LEAR. King Lear says this to Cordelia when she says, ‘Nothing… while answering to his question how much she loves him. She meant that her love for him was nothing compared to the great love that Goneril and Reagan had professed. But King Lear in his furious and rash mood said that she would get nothing if she had nothing to say about her love for him. Actually King Lear mistook what she had meant about her love for him.
So all of us should take efforts to get the results that we want. Otherwise, the future will be bleak. For the betterment of humanity, we have to do many good acts which will produce the expected results. The humankind has seen many such people who have left behind their foot prints of many achievements which produce the same results.
No pain no gain. = Nothing ventured nothing gained.
The proverb conveys that we can never succeed without trying out something and facing failures. Any person who sits idle and do not do any labour cannot gain anything in their life. As no prey can enter the mouth of sleeping lion, those who do not take pains in life can’t be successful in their life. Without adequate effort we cannot get any result. The farmer must plough the land, then make the land moist and then plant the seeds, pluck out the weeds, protect the crops from insects and finally he arrives at a good harvest. He has to go through all these process and do them systematically so as to have a good harvest. He cannot just drop the seeds on the land and expect them to grow into a good crop.
Similar to this a student must put in a good deal of hard work for a considerable length of time to attain a proper qualification. He cannot buy the books and sit and relax and think that he will attain a qualification. A person who sits idle and does nothing wastes his own time. The great inventors have achieved so much only by laboring for years together with a singular objective. So if we take strenuous efforts we can succeed or we cannot gain anything if we do not take efforts.
No pain no gain.
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