A psychologist who treats clients with pelvic pain told me recently, “Enjoy your healing”. In the depths of pain I could never have wrapped my mind around this.. but now I can see that painful challenge can also be an unfolding process of self-discovery and growth.
I used to think: “My pain is rearing up and pulling me out of life.” Now I understand: “My pain is signaling me to get the most out of my life.”
“What you hold emotionally can bind your body. Letting go helps love and life to flow.”
Photo by: Katherine Velicki
When my pain reared up I used to tell myself, “My body is broken; I have a chronic pain condition.” Now I think: “My body is a messenger that has been finely tuned through my struggle. What is it teaching me today?”
“It takes a lot of energy for the mind to convince the heart that it is not hurting.”
“Sometimes you need to look within in order to climb out.”
My body no longer screams in pain when I’m stressed. But when it whispers, I listen.
“It is possible to experience physical or emotional pain and not suffer.”
“Sometimes pain can be a call to clean house, to clear out hurt and resentment from the past, to gather up beliefs that constrain and bind. And when you dump this stuff at the curb, the love within has more room to live and breathe.”
“Escape from the Chronic Pain Trap” was the title of a recent essay in the Wall Street Journal. Let’s change it to: “Heal through the Chronic Pain Experience”
When you find yourself frustrated with someone who is in chronic physical or emotional pain, consider how hard it would be to remain calm and collected with your feet in the fire.