There are many incredible things pain can teach you, but you need to listen. And if you do, all that was once bitter will be sweet, and all that was once dark will turn into Light. And this lovely article is meant to help you achieve just that. Here are:
10 Incredible Things Pain Can Teach You
One of the many incredible things pain can teach you is that pain demands your presence, your focus and your attention. It demands to be felt. And if you dare to turn your back on it, pretending it doesn’t exist, it will only get worse and worse.
2. The more you try to avoid pain, the more you suffer
Pain is part of life. You simply can’t escape it. And the more you try to hide and run away from it, the more pain you will have to deal with. And pain can teach you just this.
“Indeed, the truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers the most.” ~ Thomas Merton
All that pain we feel is nothing but a form of attachment to transitory things, experiences, places, and people. It’s our attachments that cause us to feel pain.
4. Let go and you are free
If you want to free yourself of pain and suffering, you have to let go of your clinging. You have to get out of your own way and you have to allow life to take its natural course. Pain can teach you that there is no other way.
When you accept what is, your pain becomes your blessing, and your darkness turns into Light. So accept what is. Surrender everything to Life itself and learn to relax into your own Being. All else is madness.
“Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given the door with open.” ~ Rumi
6. You are not your pain
Your feelings are constantly changing. Your pain comes and go. And as a wise man once noted, that is real which never changes. Which means that you are not your feelings and you are not your pain. You are the One witnessing all of these things.
7. Pain is not a form of punishment
You might think that pain is a form of punishment – one of life’s many ways to get even with you. But that’s far from the truth. Pain is not a form of punishment but rather a form of cleansing and purification.
Trust me when I tell you that pain can teach you to see it as your blessing. Through pain, all that is dark wants to become Light. And all that was once bitter, wants to become sweet and kind again.
“Brother, stand the pain. Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do. Learn to light the candle. Rise with the sun. Turn away from the cave of your sleeping. That way a thorn expands to a rose.” ~ Rumi
You might not see this right now, but through pain, the parts of you that are dark and impure (and trust me, there are plenty), are being washed away so that you can return to your Self and become all that Life created you to be. Pain can teach that through it, you are born again.
10. Love your pain away
If you to receive love, give love. Give love to your pain, and your pain will give love back to you.
“Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet, Through Love all that is copper will be gold, Through Love all dregs will become wine, through Love all pain will turn to medicine.” ~ Rumi
And these are just 10 of the many incredible things pain can teach you. And I would love to know what is the One thing pain has taught you over the years. You can share your comment in the comment section below 🙂
P.S. Pain is inevitable. It is part of life. We can’t escape it. But that doesn’t mean we should go looking for it. Because it will come. And when it does, we might as well allow it to do its part and free us from all our impurities and all our darkness.