If we feel horrible, excruciating pain due to cancer, the constancy of it may seem pointless. We get it that we need pain to understand that something is wrong with the body. That part is logical. We understand the lesson: We need to help our bodies heal.
The problem comes in when already got the message, we are working on healing, and the pain continues. It seems cruelly meaningless at that point. And many people stop here. It’s pointless pain, they need to get out of it. They take a pill and don’t even deal with it at all because it is irrelevant to them.
Or we could ask ourselves, “Since all of life is perfectly put together, what is the message this pain is sending to me? What do I need to learn?” In my case I learned that when insufferable pain comes at me, I can relax into to. If I resist it, fight it, and cry about how unfair the whole thing is—it is definitely much worse. But if I divorce the pain from the suffering component, and relax into it, it is completely bearable.
So what looked like meaningless pain ended up being one of my greatest teachers about the magnificence and the hidden meaning of life!