On planet Earth, physical experiences tend to be more sought-after than experiences within our imagination. Indeed it is often a result of our imagination that we choose, seek and engage in physical experiences from the infinite possibilities available to us.
Then, as our physical experiences occur, this feeds our imagination with new goals -- new possibilities. There is a symbiotic relationship between imagination and physical experience. They feed and nurture each other. There is a form of feedback loop, where our physical senses are both filtered (pre-conditioned) and relied upon.
That which we imagine influences our senses, and that which we sense influences our imagination. This process occurs predominantly automatically, biased by past experiences, assessments and their emotional content. We subjectively add meaning, which further influences our perception of "reality".
Yet one person's tragedy (from their perspective) may be another's blessing (from their perspective). For example, the loss of a job or the end of a relationship may occur as a tragedy, blessing, or anywhere in-between these extremes. It is us, the individual, who define the meaning which such events have to us. With additional information, we may be able to see things in a completely new and unexpected way.
As strange as this may at first sound, look, feel or otherwise occur to you, you only ever experience emotional "pain" or "pleasure" (or indeed any emotion, such as happiness, anger, confidence, jealousy, depression, loneliness, respect, disrespect, love, hate, fear, guilt, regret, excitement, hope, hopelessness, etc) by your interpretation of sensory input and your imagination of what it means.
In other words, it is not the physical event, experience, circumstances or situation that cause how you feel -- it is what you imagine this to mean (including predicting what you imagine will occur next -- and what meaning you bring to this) that is the underlying cause of how you feel at any given moment (indeed, every moment) of time.
Without your imagination adding meaning (typically accompanied by a projection forward or backward in time -- i.e. future or past) then you would not experience an emotional reaction. Instead, you might open a connection to the eternal undercurrent of your life -- that which you experience as inner-peace and the joy of being alive.
To be continued...