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Pain in the A*** (or in this instance… foot!)

This wasn’t the blog I intended to write today, but a pain in my foot distracted me unmercifully. It really got my attention. OK, I thought, what’s this all about? Why do we experience pain? What is it’s purpose?

I know how I feel but can I express it? Why would I want to, and ultimately who really cares anyway?

Well, I do for one.

My whole reason for being here is to heal, understand, make sense of, grow from and enjoy life to the max. Physical pain has a not-so-subtle way of distracting me from this goal. Maybe that’s just the point. Maybe I’m meant to review, reflect, think again, take stock, slow down, surrender to what is. Life has a knack of slinging us curved balls just when we think have it sorted. How we rise up and respond is what makes us who we are. Our attitude to pain may make all the difference.

The word pain comes from the Latin ‘poena’ meaning punishment or penalty.

I also read …“Pain is part of the body’s defense system, triggering a reflex reaction to retract from a painful stimulus, and helps adjust behavior to increase avoidance of that particular harmful situation in the future. Pain, in the sense of physical pain, is a typical sensory experience that may be described as the unpleasant awareness of a noxious stimulus or bodily harm.”

Undoubtedly pain informs us that something is wrong, out of alignment, broken or need of repair. And yet all too often we look for ways to escape from the pain without addressing the root cause.

The pain in my body, be it physical or emotional, may not be my fault but it is very much MY responsibility.  I believe that only from this position can I be proactive in my own healing. The primal response to pain is to lash out, attack another (think of seriously injured animals).  Thank goodness we have evolved enough not to blame or attack others for our pains (or have we?)

Taking personal responsibility allows for healing to take place. Physically, that may mean applying a warm compress to my foot and resting for the afternoon instead of doing those I-know-you-won’t-go-away-if-I-ignore-you jobs, or in the case of emotional pain; honouring myself by being kind, loving and compassionate. Holding on, blaming, shaming or feeling guilt …for whatever reason, stops the healing process. We are innocent, we require no punishment, no penalty. When we truly get that, I believe we’ll have no pain. Until that glorious moment  … let’s commit to allowing Love, Forgiveness and Grace to show us the way.

Blessings to all and may you know peace beyond understanding.


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