Wisdom of Pain
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Lauren Ziegler
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Allison
Crying is healing
I have a lot of resentment still and hope I can work through it with mindfulness
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Saiarchana
Pain
Pain creates more compassion for others. Everyone goes through pain - it connects us
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Rebecca
Pain
I can feel it in my heart. I can feel it in my gut. When I feel it I feel it so intensely. Sometimes it's to hard bear.
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Julie
Sadness
Without pain you are without compassion. Stay humble through the uncomfortableness and necessary painful ways in which you are meant to have.
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Imogen
Compassion
The pain we experience can help us prevent pain for others by developing our own capacities for compassion and understanding.
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Rachelmae
Today I learned...
I learned that, there is pain in life. It is okay to have a little pain in your life. It makes you realize that nothing is perfect and pain will come a go. We can let the pain be carried on the wind and when we do we find that the wind will also bring us back happiness. The pain we feel is not forever unless we make it forever. We have the choice to let it go and live with it.
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Sue
Living with pain.
I live with a lot of physical pain. It's good to be reminded that it is a natural process and that it can help me have a different viewpoint on the world... depending upon how I acknowledge it.
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Aaron
Pain connects us all
Pain is always around us but it’s how we deal with it, that helps. Don’t let fear of pain deter you from anything.
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Whitney
Embrace Pain
To embrace pain means that I must go deep inside my being to a place where I find discomfort. A place where I don't want to be yet always find myself. What if I embrace pain and see it as the beauty in life that strengthens my soul. When I try to embrace pain now I feel numb. My stomach ache lessens and I enter a dream. If I enter this dream enough can I be healed? To bring myself out of this dream I must look at where I am, and embrace what's right now. I see a Loofa, I see soothing scents, I feel warm water wrapped around me like a blanket. I feel my breath shaking with lumps in between my airway. I am not in a dream. I am in life. This is real. I will focus daily on embracing the wisdom of pain
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Amaury
Pain is unavoidable
I was listening to this talk that described the difference between pain and suffering. They said we have been conditioned to equate pain with suffering, which is why we tend to avoid pain at all cost. However, there is a difference between the two. Pain is unavoidable because there are many different types of pain. When we start a workout, our muscles are sore but we get over it. Or if what to start our day with a meditation practice early in the morning, it may be a pain to wake up. We can also learn from pain.
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Angela
It was a good reflection of taking something we view as negative and turning it positive.
Pain is a part of use it and part of what makes us human. We pain is present use it the reconnect with your humanity.
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Schawana
Understanding
Pain is a tool for us to learn from not to hid from or deaden, but to experience. I saved this meditation, because this is an area I need to work on.
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Andrea
Pain...
I learned that pain makes us compassionate. Pain will be there. It’s part of nature. Embrace it, learn from it and move on... We are all strong enough to do so.
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Chatty
Truth
Pain/loss is nature.... wow.... I have never thought of it that way, it is very true.. and living without is a part of life!
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Olivia
Pain
I never thought about turning to pain to gain from it and to face it head on
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Heidi
Sad
This made me sad by thinking about recent pains but made me realise that with my ‘failure’ I learned to empathise with others.
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Lauren
Contrast
The shadows are needed to see form. Without them there is no definition, only the fog.
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Liz
Lemons to lemonade
Pain is unpleasant but it’s important not to turn away. I liked the idea of mindful focus on pain and recognition of the fact that it is pain.
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Tammy
Wisdom through pain
Who would of thought that pain is natural and a part of humanity. We think of pain as a sign of weakness or something is wrong. I learned we need to embrace it, explore it and learn from it. What does not kill us makes us stronger.
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Susie
Wisdom of Pain
Thanks, Lauren, for helping me shift my perspective on pain. I had not thought to consider Wisdom among my other experiences and emotions relative to pain. Dealing with chronic pain and it’s ups and downs has certainly been a journey. It is good to remind myself of the Wisdom I have acquired along the way. Namaste🙏🏻.
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Lisa
Wisdom of Pain
I learned that with pain bring compassion. It made me think about the compassion that has come out after the horrific tragedy’s in our world today.
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Patti
Humanity
I remembered that the pain of a broken heart breaks me wide open to compassion and is a big part of my humanity.
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Jan
Wisdom of Pain
I realise now that living is about pain and struggle for everyone. Just some have more pain and difficulties handed to them than others. It is our relationship with our emotions at any given time, that dictates our level of ability to cope. Without strategies in place we cannot always deal with traumatic life changes or even manage the day to day hurdles that life throws at us. Being able to remove oneself, even for short periods through meditation can help alleviate the pain, by giving us new perspectives on our current difficulties.
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Mitzi
Pain as a caution sign
Pain doesn’t have to be a red stop sign. It can mean approach with caution. Be aware and bring your new awareness with you. Dont try to always make pain go away. It can create a path with boundaries.
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Dana
Good to look towards it
I would really like to say that this is a useful meditation that focuses on pain. Throughout the Occident people are constantly afraid or turning away from from pain. I do think that a better approach is to come towards pain and take it by the hand. Here is a gentle way to do it. Thank you for this meditation!
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Karina
Biscuit
I learned that I will be sad about my hamster, Biscuit, dying but I will always see the bright side of this. The bright side is that I will always remember that it was just nature doing it’s thing. And I also will always have a picture with Biscuit and me.
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hailey
being smart
you need to use wisdom towards your pain, it’s apart of nature when you feel it. you need to be be smart about it
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Stephanie
Excellent for those who feel pressure to always feel positive!
In the self help or mental health culture too often the message is portrayed that by following whatever the teachings or protocol is that we will arrive at a place where we are happy all of the time and will experience no emotional or physical pain. This is simply not the case. To push aside feelings of pain in whatever form it takes in order to “remain positive “ is to deny your humanity and further compounds your challenges. By turning towards it and slowly shifting your perspective on the this inescapable part of life you gain a sense of authority and confidence that helps you through the times when you will experience pain in your life.
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Kellie
Lunch break during a stressful day
Take time out, focus on the present. Stay positive Learn self awareness
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Christine
Inescapably Pain
When I am in pain in sickness I seek out more now to what I can do differently to improve my pain status by perhaps getting enough sleep, changing what I am eating to drinking more water and tea including herbal tea, check I’m getting enough vitamins and exercising correctly or taking my medicine on time just so that I am doing my bit to improve my energy levels to get through the pain and or avoid the pain. Emotionally all the above helps taking better care of yourself and hug yourself with love I treat self to things that make me feel good like massaging the scalp more when washing hair massaging lavender oil into my body along with taking deep breaths in meditative state to calm the mind and body and reflect on positive vibrations to help get me through..Holding pains hand
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Everett
Of it
The decision the choice all fade into noise and what I hear is do it again and change yourself forever
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Miranda
Lessons
Pain is only there as a universal warning sign that a lesson needs to be learned and compassion needs to be bred . Whether that be towards self or others . Pain can be negative or positive , depending on how you view it .. as an acute problem or a long term lesson .
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Mia
My worst pain
Is not physical. It is made of anger and reproach for the mistakes of others, and my own flaws. And then it grows inside with denial and pride. Pain is a signal that something is missing, that something needs to be fixed. Healing involves acceptance, connection to the source, the wisdom to always know and feel the love of all that exists. Thank you...
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LeChelle
Pain Brings Wisom
I️ am recently taking the train back and fourth commuting to work every day at 6am. I’m newly single and I’ve never had to completely deal with the overwhelming feeling of loneliness until now. But as of yesterday I️ can see that the pain I’m feeling others feel two, and it is sort of opening my heart in a different manor than I️ have expected.
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James
What is What is the limit of learning from pain?
For some reason, since I was 14 I've been in intense physical pain all day every day for about 15 years. It's true that it teaches compassion and it teaches wisdom, but what is the limit? I am finally being freed from the pain because after trying about 60 or 70 medications I found that the system that seems to be responsible, and that was up to me and my research because no doctor could give me an explanation of why I was/am like this.So what do you think is the limit of the usefulness of pain as a teacher in your opinion?
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Larissa
We all share pain
I learned that the only way to confront pain is to turn towards it.
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Susie
Understanding Pain
To understand pain can help us learn to deal with it in a more positive and constructive way.
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Brad
Pain
I learned that pain can be embraced and that brings a sense of peace
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Carl
Letting Go!
I learned that relaxing and listening can reduce anxiety and decrease pain by focusing on the pain itself and accepting it but at the same time thinking about positive thoughts is the answer!
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Angela
I learned to understand my pain and it’s a part of my life
I learned that I should not fear my pain, it’s a part of my life and I can live with it.
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Yadier
Pain
Pain is natural and it brings wisdom. It can be used in a positive way if we learn to manage it.
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Meredith
Pain has power
When I feel pain the immediate response is to numb or feel like a victim. I tell myself “make it go away”, or “why is this happening”, “something is wrong with me” for feeling such hurt and sorrow. The loneliness only exacerbates the fear and depth of the pain. But thinking of pain as a shared human experience, something to lean into in order to grow from and become a part of humanity- lessens that fear and isolation. And this acceptance allows the compassion and connection to seep in. Thank you for helping me learn from my pain 🙏🏻
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Jenny
Good to listen to some words from here! Anyway thanks!
Still learning and hopefully will be get better ! Listening to the words making myself a little lighter. Pain is a part of life, yeah! A good reminder and that perceptions does bring things in different way into out life
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Aeryn
The Wisdom of Pain
I learned that pain itself is not a sign of failure, or that something went wrong, but that it is a natural part of life and to accept it, learn how to use it, and find compassion and tenderness towards those who are feeling pain.
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mimi
Wisdom of pain
I learned feeling pain open our thoughts for compassion good feelings after listening this meditation
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Lauren
Through Pain
Pain is universal- it teaches compassion Don't avoid it, face it with wisdom, find dignity.
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Emma
Pain and loss
This meditation was what I needed today on the second anniversary of my friend's suicide. I needed to allow myself to miss him and be sad. But I also reflected on how I have grown since then and how I can honor his memory by being as compassionate and joyful as he was during his life. I love you and miss you, Nate.
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Justine
Your pain is my pain
When a young child calls out in pain it is an instant visceral reaction. You want to comfort them. When a loved one shares their anguish we are there to support them. Sometimes someone’s pain is too much to bear and we turn away. Perhaps in the future when a cry is heard as a community we can come together and be their support. When our planet cries out enough we will listen. To listen is 80% of the help. Really listen with ears, with heart and soul.
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Nige
Pain
Pain is a construct of the mind, it is not a material thing x
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J.W.
muscles tight in the freezing night
record cold outside heat turned way down under down quilt sleeping like baby early riser places feet on floor lat contracts without warning left wing is now full of pain forming grateful reminder of simple things we are all frail vessels
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Tracey
Pain can seed growth
If viewed properly, pain can be a form of feedback that informs you, and helps you make changes in your life that lead to successes and harmony.
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Laura
Pain
Pain teaches compassion. Wisdom comes with experiences. Pain is a part of life.
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Zoë
Pain
To see pain as part of nature, it’s going to happen, it’s how we choose to deal with it.
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Nadine
Discomfort
Discomfort is known to be there for everyone at some point in their life. So, we should acknowledge and deal with our discomfort or pain.
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Rebecca
pain
I am experiencing physical and mental pain right now and it is important to embrace it. I have been doing that and found myself slipping today.
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Clare
Pain
Feeling the pain today and have finally been able to name it as guilt and face it after doing this meditation rather than being scared by it
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Trina
I need to revisit this thought.
I connect with the words but feel I feel to link heart and heart with this way of thinking.
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Zuleika
Pain
I learnt that pain is there, it will be. So to go on and except it, heal from it, learn from our pain
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Nancy
Wisdom of Pain
Pain does bring compassion. I’ve always had this negative view of pain. To me, pain brought depression and anxiety. Pain had me not wanting to eat or sleep. Pain had me scared. Now, after hearing this, I have a different view. Pain has brought me so much growth. Pain has pushed me to see how powerful I am. Pain helped me to see my worth and that I am truly amazing. I will no longer allow pain to make me feel small again.
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Sharmain
The wisdom of pain brings compassion.
This is such a beautiful and bold thought. So grateful for learning this.
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Meghan
Pain
Pain makes you stronger. You cannot avoid pain. You can only make the pain less intense.
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Marianne
Facing and accepting
I haven't faced and embraced the pain I live with daily. Fighting it is to exhausting.
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Jan
The wisdom of pain
I learned that acknowledgment of pain is a new way of thinking
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Alex
Pain
Pain exists in life. Without it you can’t cease to grow. It’s important to find strength in that pain.
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Andrea
Compassion
I learned that when our wisdom is off we tend to make the events following that even worse. If we learn to use pain to have a better understanding that will eventually lead to compassion.
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Niki
Compassion
I’m reminded that pain leads to compassion and dignity. I need grounded and reminded of the pain I’ve experienced sometimes. To be reminded that everyone is fighting a battle I know nothing about and to always be kind
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Athena
In pain..
In pain the doesn’t have to be just discomfort or hurt. But through wisdom and awareness if one turns towards the pain, finds interest in it - if possible then compassion can be found.. Self love=self awareness ☯️ ☮️
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Marian
Beautiful Pain
I learned that we must learn to coexist with pain. Pain is apart of life that we must face, and recognize that beautiful lessons may come from the discomfort we all face in life. Maybe we can connect with others through mutual pain, or learn something deep about ourselves.
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Brooklyn
Dealing with pain
I need to face the pain in order to get rid of it and in order to help myself I need to always be mindful of what I am doing
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Jorge
El dolor
Tengo semanas enteras lidiando con un dolor que irónicamente, me había prometido no sufrir. Comprendo que esto es mucho más complejo y fuerte de lo que pensé, sin embargo sé de antemano, que todo seguirá. Sé que esa es la naturaleza de las cosas y que de alguna forma todo tiene que embonar. No puedo negar que duele y seguirá doliendo, pero eventualmente, aprendes a vivir con el dolor.
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Makh
Wisdom of Pain
I learned that you can’t allow pain to dictate your life. Only through pain we attract compassion
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Amy
Turning in and looking at pain
I am fascinated being able to turn in on your pain and examine it. That seems hard to do.
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Jeff
Wisdom of Pain
We learn through a pain, we bond through our pain, We are more human because of our pain. It is important to embrace our pain for it is how we learn; it is how we grow. We must learn the lesson, nay lessons of pain.
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Annika
Pain
I learned that pain is nature, and I will get better, I just have to accept the things that controls my sadness
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Maria
Turning towards pain
“Pain is a part of life.” I have been lucky to not suffer from chronic physical pain, but I do have plenty of experience managing emotional pain. The pain that comes from chronic stress, anxiety, and depression, which occasionally turns into stomachaches and nausea when I attempt to turn away from my emotions. I am learning that feeling pain is something that makes me human and being able to hold someone else’s pain as well as my own has made me a better friend and daughter.
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Matthew
One step
The pain surrounds me, it will never disappear. The only way forward is to embrace it, softly and fully. To feel it in every breath. One step after the other. It may be hard, but it’s necessary.
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Irene
Pain and compassion
When one is in pain we often don’t see a positive - thanks for highlighting that with pain comes compassion... so true .
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Stacey
Pain is Natural
So many words of wisdom in three minutes! Thank you for a lovely meditation.
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Jenny
Wisdom of Pain
Pain is universal, and it can viewed as a gift. It calls our attention when something’s not right. If we are mindful of its messages, it teaches us compassion, humility, kindness and gratitude. For once it leaves us, we are left with lessons learned and a choice either to heed them or ignore them.
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Patrick
Difficult
My dearest Lauren, this meditation was difficult for me. I felt your words were simple and naive. Imagine a level of pain so intense that you pass into a coma. That IS pain. I remember a time in my life where the pain was so intense that the hospital induced a temporary coma until things improved. But your intent was beautiful !!! ❤️❤️❤️