It’s that time of year again. The nights are colder, no more beach days for awhile. I’m reminded of darkness and light, the yin yang of life. Suffering and joy. Sometimes both can occur at the same time in abundance. Whoosh! Like a tidal wave of emotions. Suffering can feel as though it washes away the joy. But it’s okay! The joy is not gone, it’s only submerged for a brief moment.
You have freedom to fly when you address the suffering. Pushing it down can result in random outbursts of rage, feelings of isolation and emotional numbness. Depending on your preference, a spiritual, intellectual or kinesthetic approach (prayer, reiki, talk or art therapy, and moving meditations) work for managing overwhelming sadness. Although, in my opinion, a combination of all 3 approaches works best. You are not alone! Everyone will go through emotional pain at some point in their lives. No one is immune. It’s simply part of life’s journey. And if we see it as such, it makes pain easier to manage. This is true wellness - understanding and being receptive to life’s yin and yang. In managing the heaviness we can embrace and expand all aspects of our lives including more calm and joy.
Let yourself experience joy in the midst of pain. You are allowed.
One last thing, while experiencing trauma or any kind of adversity is challenging, the benefit is that it transforms your heart to expand and become stronger emotionally. You become more patient and empathetic regarding the pain of others. Again, you are not alone. We’re all on this transformational journey together.
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