Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Give voice to pain

Yesterday we talked about healing our wounds and hurts so that we don't end up hurting others because of them. Acknowledging that we have the wounds is a good starting place. Naming what is can be so powerful.

In The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, Mark Nepo says: "We often underestimate the power of giving voice, but it is real and sustaining. It is the basis of all song. It is why prisoners break into song. It is why the blues are sung, even when no one is listening. It is at the heart of all hymns and mantras.

"And it works its healing, not so much by being heard as by the fact that in giving voice to what lives within, even through the softest whisper, we allow the world of spirit to soften our pain."

Yes. Give voice to your hurts, your pain, your wounds. Sing the blues! Comfort yourself. Then let the pain go. When it involves something huge like abuse or death, it's highly likely that pain will cycle around again. But each time you do some healing, you reduce the amount that resides in you. And the healing becomes easier each time.

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