How is your relationship with suffering? In other words, what is your relationship with your body and your mind?
The nature of the body and the mind is not controllable and will not stay forever. Hence, suffering embedded in the body and the mind. If we try to run away from suffering, we are not living in the body and the mind at the present moment. The truth is… we cannot run away from the body and the mind. Otherwise, who will live our life? No one else can do it, except ourselves.
Suffering is our greatest teacher, because without suffering, we will not understand true happiness. Without accepting the true nature of our existence, peace is not possible. When we suffer, like Thay Thich Nhat Hanh once said, we should return to ourselves and take care of the suffering like a mother taking care of a sick child with tenderness.
When we know suffering clearly without taking it personally, we become free.