It is much easier to tolerate suffering if prior to the experience you mentally visualize yourself in the negative situation and practice accepting it.
I’m sorry if this sounds argumentative. However, I’m having a strong reaction to this idea. Not only am I not sure that I want to accept suffering, I’m not sure that I want it to happen, and I’m not sure I want to visualize myself suffering.
I specifically don’t want to accept it. I want to have as my goal to work to address it.
I specifically don’t want it to happen, especially if I know it’s going
to happen ahead of time. I’m going to have as my goal to work to avoid
or change the conditions that are leading to that suffering. I specifically don’t want to visualize myself suffering. Why would I want to be so attached to suffering that I want to live it more than once? If suffering is going to be my experience, then I’m going to have as my goal to experience it fully and not let it re-live itself in me before or after by dwelling on that experience and attaching myself to that event.
To become so overly attached to the suffering that I live it many times instead of living it once and work more to accept it than to recognize that it’s wrong doesn’t make sense to me. It seems like a recipe for increasing suffering in myself and the world.