How emotional pain and suffering can be used as a catalyst to make us more conscious and can be seen in a positive light to get us to where we need to be.
Pain and suffering do not last forever. They can't as it's impossible, once we realize what is at the root. What causes pain? What causes suffering? I am, of course, referring to emotional pain. Both of these conditions rely on an ego. They need some sort of defined image or idea about what life should look like. A simple definition of pain would be when life does not match my own idea of it. Suffering, then, is the ongoing, repetitive attempts to make life fit into my ideas about it.