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Deepak Chopra, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answeredMany people confuse pain with suffering. We have to realize, firstof all, that pain is not the same as suffering. Left to itself, thebody discharges pain spontaneously, letting go of it the momentthat the underlying cause is healed. Suffering is pain that we holdon to. It comes from the mind's mysterious instinct to believe thatpain is good, or that it cannot be escaped, or that the persondeserves it. If none of these were present, suffering would notexist. It takes force of mind to create suffering, a blend ofbelief and perception that the one thinks one has no control over.But as inescapable as suffering may appear to be, what bringsescape is not attacking the suffering itself but getting at theunreality that makes us cling to pain.