|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 a blessing. The work of the venerable teacher and activist JoAnna Macy also honed in on freeing us to heal through embracing our grief skillfully to realize our essential interdependence with all life. I'm so grateful to have lived at a time that I was able to experience her Presence up close and personal. (See Your MMM Courtesy Wake Up Call: Good Grief.)
Originally Posted, May 15, 2015. Revised.