|Emmett Kelly 1898 - 1979
Over the years, it has become quite clear to me (and many others*): Emotional pain doesn't cause suffering. It really is just what it is. It is our conditioned resistance to the pain that causes suffering. Adrift in the pervasive conditioning of today's society, we shut down. Our hearts become closed. We lose our connection to our True Nature -- and to one another. We loose our ability to love wholeheartedly.
A Good Cry
|Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Truth and Reconciliation Hearing 1996
Opening to the Darkness, we open to the Light! How cool is that?
* The tears I shed during the course of a five-day retreat led by the late Stephen Levine and his wife Ondrea decades ago were among the most healing moments of my life. Levine's talent at crafting guided meditations capable of "opening the heart" was unparalleled. (See Your MMM Courtesy Wake Up Call: Good Grief.)