Perhaps pleasure and pain could be considered flip-sides of the same coin? They are neither reward nor punishment, nor ends to be sought, or avoided. On a path to wholeness, these inevitabilities can be put to use as a means to focus your attention on sensation. Consider sensation as potentially conscious awareness-in-the-flesh. When you are aware of what you feel, when you notice that experience and observe it carefully, and accept it, both pleasure and pain become stepping stones rather than boulders on the path of expanding the consciousness of source. Pleasure can ensnare, but can also focus the incarnating divine. Pain, often accused, can be forgiven, and let go. Just thinkin’ out loud here, it’s an old puzzle 🙂
Big Loving Namaste!