Stop avoiding pain

I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love. It is a pretty good book. It absorbs me and I enjoy hearing her thoughts and feelings as she works through things. And like I’ve heard from others, I can relate to a lot of it. My mistake is that I’m not marking the points that make me go, “I know!”

But this last idea I read is worth a blog post. She writes about how she always is trying to avoid pain and this one type of meditation fights that inclination.

God, it’s so true. I am always trying to avoid pain. It’s like I truly think that any pain is bad. I was trained to act that way with my back because I have scoliosis and the thinking was that if I avoid pain then I won’t hurt my back. But lately I’ve realized that just because I’m experiencing pain, doesn’t mean it’s bad. As a nurse I know put it, there’s good pain and there’s bad pain.

But life is full of pain and if you’re going to squirm every time you experience some, you’re just going to be squirming, avoiding your whole life.

Just because you’re experiencing pain, that doesn’t mean you need to move away.

I am so used to being conscious of pain – am I experiencing it and if so, how much – and I truly think it impedes my personal growth.

I would love not to be so scared of pain. I can then live more freely.


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  1. You are so right, and sometimes I forget this. Each time I have an issue I can’t stop thinking about it, but I need to remember that life always requires tough decisions, and it’s how you go about dealing with each one that shows who you really are. BTW, I loved that book – eat pray love.

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