Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” -E.H. Chapin-
When I am suffering I wondered this morning, what do I usually do with it? Do I use it as a reason to abuse myself, shame myself or hate myself? Do I turn to my former unhealthy behaviors from the pain that is part of the suffering?
When I was acting out, I suffered, I felt pain, but I usually did not understand why. The suffering and pain that accompanies me along my path of personal and spiritual growth is quite different – it leads me to healing, or at least it will if I let it. Sometimes I can turn my pain over to the Universe, trusting that my pain is there to help me grow, and that it will pass. This can help me believe that my pain has a true purpose.
My feelings, no matter how difficult some of them are to feel, are supported by the compassion I am learning to feel myself and the compassion the Universe feels for me. I can choose to look at my pain in the light of recovery. It won’t last forever; I will survive!
Posted on April 15, 2008, in Life, Personal Growth, Spirituality and tagged Abuse, Acting out, Addiction, compassion, Difficulty, feelings, Hate, Healing, Life, Pain, Personal Growth, Purpose, Recovery, Shame, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality, Suffering, Support, Trust, Unhealthy behaviors. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.