How Mind Is The Source Of All Suffering?

“The mind is the source of all suffering, and it is also the source of all happiness.”
– Pema Chodron –

Our mind determines how we see life. What if I say that your mind can turn your bad circumstances into good and vise versa. Most of our circumstances as well as sufferings are man-made. In simple terms, they are from inside and not outside.

Whatever your mind perceives your body reacts to it. Changing our reactivity and habitual conditioning we can amend the results in our favor. If we don’t do that, sooner or later, we are more likely to suffer.

Many times, it so happens that we can accomplish an unbelievable task or able to bear severe circumstances. But sometimes in these same circumstances, we can’t move forward or fell it unbearable.

You can lift a stone that is double your size if your life or someone you love is at stake. We often tolerate more when we know that we anyhow have to do it on our own. But once we come to know that someone will assist then our performance or efforts are comparatively less.

Today, I came across a story that triggered the thought to write this article. Though the story was narrated in a different context. But I was able to match the context of the title of this article.

Story – Mind Is The Source Of All Suffering


On a fine winter snowy evening, a homeless man was sitting at the footpath. His face was covered with snow and was having only one thin cloth to cover him. The cold was severe.

A young businessman was passing by and was amazed to see this old man sitting on the footpath in this cold.

The businessman approached the man and asked him, that how could he sit outside in this cold with such a thin cloth to cover his body.

To this, the old man replied that he had been sitting there for long. Initially, he felt cold but now his body had adjusted to this.

While leaving the young businessman gave him some food and assured that he will be back with a thick coat for him that would save him from the cold. The businessman got busy in his routine work and forgot about the old man sitting outside.

On the next day, when he came out of his house he saw people gathered around the old man. He suddenly remembered his promise.

The old man died of the shivering cold and left a note for the businessman that was startling:

“When I didn’t have any warm clothes, I had the power to fight the cold because I was used to that. But when you assured me of warm clothes, I got attached to your promise and it took away my resistance.”

Final Thoughts


These words shook me off and made me realize how extraordinarily our mind works.

This poor old man was able to resist the cold priorly because his mind had accepted the cold and when someone assured but didn’t help he couldn’t resist.

Similarly, whenever we face some problems and have nothing to lose, we are capable of the hardest fights. But the moment our mind gets influenced by negativity, we can’t resist and ultimately fail.

The solution to this is to not get influenced by negativity or people. Keep your mind trained to hear everyone but never accept their thoughts.

It is easy to cultivate this habit through continuous practice. At any point, if you require any help feel free to contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you.

This is the root cause of all suffering. You can heal this by reprogramming your minds! In short, change what is inside of your mind and you can do it.

If you need any help or would like to talk about changing your life, feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to assist you.


10 thoughts on “How Mind Is The Source Of All Suffering?”

  1. Very well said by simple story!! Actually, Sometimes this types of Story needed even though we know many things!!

  2. I’ve been struggling for a long time with anxiety and depression. Is the mind the cause of these ailments? If so, how do I go about freeing myself from the suffering they cause? When I’m depressed, it lasts for prolonged periods of time. My motivation fades, my interest wanes, and I feel like simply giving up and escaping the suffering. How is it these feelings are merely a product of my mind?

    1. Hi Dustin. It is curable. So nothing to worry about. Depression and anxiety come when you start overthinking problems rather than focusing on solutions. First, start being positive. Click on the link below it has 13 exercises to stay positive in negative situations. This will shift your mind from negative to positive emotions and then we can start to reprogram your mind for new circumstances that you want in your life.
      Feel free to contact me for any assistance.

  3. Apparently my comment was deleted?

    I visited the link you sent. I’m aware of the content it talks about. Positive thinking simply doesn’t work, especially for depression. There are numerous articles about why it just doesn’t work. I’ve tried it several times over the past few years, and I can attest to the fact that it doesn’t work. You can choose how you respond to things, but incessant positive thinking doesn’t cure depression. I’m also not a fan of the “God” aspect in the article you linked. I don’t believe there is an external god, separate from me. That doesn’t help me at all personally. I appreciate your reply and trying to help, but it’s really not what depressed people are looking for. An article abput positive thinking isn’t foing to help some that’s truly depressed. Maybe it could help someone that has situational “depression”, which is honestly just sadness and not actual depression. But, for someone that is depressed for seemingly no good reason, just thinking your way put of it doesn’t work. I’ve tried it time and again. It doesn’t work.

    1. Hey Dustin, most people are believers and hence the article is on a general note. As you mentioned your depression is not temporary one sure I would love to help you in this case too. I am still on my stance that it is curable. But yes it will take time as you will have to go through CBT. I want to know about you as much as I can. Childhood, upbringing, school, college, love, friends, etc. use the contact form and send me through this. I will be more than happy to assist you.

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