“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller
Despite our emotional wounds, the hurt will pass and the scars eventually heal. To relive our pain reinforces the experience because we cling to the emotions instead of process them. As time moves on so does the emotional strain, yet we needn’t clutch to our pain story. We can suffer or let go of what no longer serves us. Many people mask their pain by avoiding it. They would rather forget the hurt which only reinforces it. Have you noticed this in your own life? What you avoid as pain or hurt intensifies and grows stronger? Therefore, we must love and acknowledge our darkness like our pain and grief. If you appreciate the sun and wish away the darkness how would you see the stars at night? Our emotional wounds lead us to the wholeness of ourselves. It is remiss to emphasize our darkness while identifying with our light since we encompass both parts.
Pain is a powerful teacher that connects us with our inner wisdom. Without pain, how can we recognize the enduring self that lies beneath the rubble of suffering? Without pain, we are powerless to embrace the entirety of who we are. Our emotional wounds do not imply we are flawed, yet show our true character. They are our battle scars that demonstrate we have danced with life and lived to tell the tale. We communicate to others of the struggles that lie ahead, having traversed the path ourselves. Our wounds lie fragmented deep within our psyche. If we have not reconciled them, they grow stronger until we address them. They are the imposing shadow, lurking in the darkness waiting to grab hold if we grow weary. The mind’s self-protection is an admirable defense to preserve our emotional well-being. It stows away the pain when we’re least equipped to deal with it. Rather than persecute ourselves for holding on to unpleasant memories, we ought to appreciate that our mind protects us from getting hurt further.