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Awakening Pains: How to Embrace New Frontiers of Growth

I had a misconception about what I would feel like after healing emotionally. When I was trying to find my way out of depression and confusion, I imagined that when I felt better it would feel like I was floating on a cloud. I envisioned dancing through my days, picking flowers and being immune to worldly hurts. I imagined living on Earth without a care, while wearing a crown of daisies reminiscent of the late 60’s and singing songs of love. I have since made peace with my past that was riddled with instances of abuse, feelings of abject desperation, isolation and inadequacy. As Khalil Gibran said, “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain.” I can bear witness to this truth, as my heart and mind now pulsate with absolute elation, safety and joy. Although I truly am floating on a cloud in my inner world as I had imagined, I am not immune to worldly hurt. In fact, I no longer fear the feeling of “hurt,” I accept it. And it’s actually quite rewarding. “Hurt” is my friend. It is the raw material I use to deepen my understanding of who I am, and it fuels my ability to serve better. In fact, I find that my awakened state and worldly hurt is a potent combination I…