April 16, 2021 at 11:56 am #377889
I would like to read more about your personal suffering that was inflicted on you by other people, which led you to being “fed up with the human species”. If you feel okay sharing, please do.
anitaApril 24, 2021 at 3:08 pm #378647DianaParticipant
I have been coping with this for years now, sometimes I forget about this issue and sometimes immense pain comes up again..other times i feel excited and optimistic about our future-as you can see human emotions come and go without a certain pattern. This however, i try to change because feeling anger and frustration with humanity won’t help the energy fields around us. positive thoughts vibrate at a higher frequency, I know that for sure!
What i like to do is whenever a bad thought or image comes up of animals suffering, i block it with an image of animals being free..walking and running with their babies, with no humans trying to exploit them. Just imagine, because projecting positive thoughts is so much stronger then negative thoughts. Trust me, I have been there, I still am but with each time I block the bad thoughts, it gets easier. Now I feel so much better because I don’t sink into a black hole anymore like i used to do.
Hope i helped you,
DianaSeptember 29, 2021 at 3:15 pm #386821ErikaParticipant
Yes, thank you for keeping this conversation open and searchable. I found it by searching “how to deal with suffering of other beings.” Pascal’s words especially resonated with and helped me. Thank you!December 28, 2021 at 11:04 am #390436JulieParticipant
Pascal, I cannot tell you how this has helped me. Being a consummate realist, I have used this approach before trying to remind myself that nothing happening here even registers on the universal scale, and so it feels good to know I wasn’t completely off base. Trying to understand why, when nature has allowed for ALL of this, my human sensibilities are so offended by it all and therefore don’t seem to function within the “system” as it exists, is another matter. Thank you so much for your post here. Gives me hope : )January 26, 2022 at 12:04 pm #391875SarahParticipant
Hello, like others who have commented here, I found this post after a Google search on empathy & animal suffering. These posts really helped to put things into perspective. Thank you for taking the time to write this content & for making it accessible. The post written by Matt was especially helpful for me. I tend to go through cycles with these immense emotions regarding this issue (last night I could not sleep at all). And it is only contributing to the overall “pain burden”. Seeing it in that way is so helpful…and I will try to remember that the next time the downward spiral takes off. Thanks again – SJanuary 26, 2022 at 12:21 pm #391879
* Dear Sarah:
You are welcome to start your own thread on the topic of empathy and animal suffering by going to Forums at the top of the page and taking it from there. Maybe sharing more about your pain burden will help you. If you start your thread, I will be glad to read and reply to you there.
anitaJuly 13, 2022 at 8:05 pm #403939PParticipant
I would like to thank everyone on here who has posted and I think there is some great advice on here. I also have been through great suffering over the past few years due to the cruel acts done to animals which led me to some very dark places. At one point I felt as if my soul had finally broke and that I was living in an actual hell. This deep suffering eventually turned to anger against the world and I found myself despising humanity. I could barely function in the world anymore.
I eventually realized that I needed to get help and I began to go to a psychiatrist to help rid myself of this anger and pain. Over many months I learned how to become aware of my emotions and to let go of what I could not control. I turned to mediation and let myself grieve for all of the suffering I had witnessed. It has not been an easy battle and I still struggle day to day. However the struggle has eased and the pain is not so great.
The greatest lesson I have learned throughout this process is that the suffering of other beings will always be present in the world. This is the nature of existence and it is not something I will ever be able to end. I have come to accept this. However I do what I can and I focus on the good that I have done. Do not focus on the bad or you will go crazy.
I truely believe those that feel suffering as we do are all going through this process for a reason. I know it has made me a more compassionate person on a much deeper level then before. I am starting to realize the magnitude of the suffering in those that are inflicting pain on other living beings. The bigger picture has begun to come into focus.
I felt very lost for many years but I would not give up this experience. I feel like I have evolved as a human and that I am reaching a small, but measurable level of contentment. The world is not such a terible place and is actually filled with a lot of beauty and beautiful people with kind souls.
I didnt mean to come on here and just talk about myself but I hope that my story will help someone else that is suffering. You may be in a very dark place now but keep on working through it. It will get easier and you will be a better person for it.July 14, 2022 at 9:13 am #403955
Thank you for submitting this amazingly insightful post on this very difficult topic. Your genuine feelings and evolution of awareness are remarkable. It’s worth repeating:
“The greatest lesson I have learned throughout this process is that the suffering of other beings will always be present in the world. This is the nature of existence and it is not something I will ever be able to end. I have come to accept this. However I do what I can and I focus on the good that I have done. Do not focus on the bad or you will go crazy…
“It has made me a more compassionate person on a much deeper level then before. I am starting to realize the magnitude of the suffering in those that are inflicting pain on other living beings. The bigger picture has begun to come into focus… The world is not such a terrible place and is actually filled with a lot of beauty and beautiful people with kind souls…. You may be in a very dark place now but keep on working through it. It will get easier and you will be a better person for it.”