by Jim Donovan
A Thought for You...
Pain and suffering are manifestations of the level to which you are willing to love all aspects of yourself unconditionally.
The propensity to criticize, over judge, ridicule and even loathe parts of your being creates an unnecessary and illusory divide between what you think you are and what you actually are.
These perceived imperfections and your feelings about them consume your energy. To stop unnecessary energy loss, it is pertinent to remember that perceptions and feelings are ultimately changeable.
You can, if you decide to, change any thought or emotionally charged feeling by first bringing it into your awareness, accepting it in its entirety, and loving it as you would an infant.
Profound and lasting self-healing occurs when you choose to release your resistance to any part of yourself. Pain and suffering intensify when resistance to them is added. Conversely they decrease in intensity as these parts of you are accepted.
Consider treating the "unwanted" parts of yourself as you would a small child. Allow yourself to soften into kindness, patience and even humor as you begin to see these parts as integral allies in your life experience.
Choosing to love, rather than resist all parts of your being will bring relief where there was none before.
About the author
In his work, Donovan records, performs, writes, and offers workshops in the US and abroad focused on using rhythm and sound as vehicles for personal and community transformation. He was a founding member of the multi-platinum 90's band Rusted Root and was voted "Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! magazine.