We have been conditioned to think of feeling pain as a “bad” experience. But the experience of pain, be it physical, emotional, mental or spiritual is a catalyst of becoming One with our self. Pain invites us into dialogue with our self. It opens us up to what the pain is trying to tell us. But we are conditioned to move the pain as soon as possible when it occurs. We have a headache, we take an aspirin, emotional pain, we may take a drink or partake of some type of drug (whether legal or illegal). If we can take a moment to notice where the pain is located, and acknowledge its presence, it will give us greater insight and an opportunity for healing. The first thought is usually “I want this pain to go away” so we do something to numb it. But we are not just numbing the pain, we are in fact numbing our self.
If the underlying cause of the pain is not ultimately dealt with, it will manifest in other ways that will get our attention. Even our descriptions of pain convey something is “wrong”, my heart is broken, I twisted my ankle. Instead of perceiving our heart to be broken, perhaps try to view it as being “broken open”. When something is “broken open” we get to see the very core of it. Instead of a twisted ankle, a shift in perception may be we are feeling unsupported in some way in our life. It’s about perception. I am not saying pain is pleasant, just a sure fire way to capture our attention. I am not advocating we do not seek medical attention if needed, our health and safety should always be our first priority.
So the next time we are experiencing some type of pain, instead of rushing off to “numb it” be still and ask yourself what is this pain trying to show me? When we can begin to do this, we are taking a small step toward true healing.