Hi Everyone, I hope your doing well. I am doing great. My blogger friend Maitri , (who's blog is beautiful and inspiring, please take some time to visit it!), shared this link from OM times ezine today on Facebook. It really hit home with me, because I have truly lived this by taking part in support groups. This article summed up, reminds me of the saying that "Sometimes the Less Broken have to fix the More Broken" Simple way of saying that we are all broken, in one way or another, from our own life experiences. Once we accept that we have been hurt or broken, we can choose to get stuck in it (victim role) or let it go, and grow. If we grow, we can use the hurt as a tool. A tool to truly help others with "pure and true" empathy and compassion. What better gifts are there to give to a fellow human being who is suffering? None, absoulutley none.
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Using Your Pain to Help Others
You can channel your pain into helping
others and spreading a tide of curative
energy throughout the world.
Pain is a fact of being and one that permeates all of our lives to some degree. Since the hurt we feel may be a part of the experiences that have touched us most deeply, we are often loathe to let it go. It is frequently easier to keep our pain at our sides, where it acts as a shield that shelters us from others and gives us an identity—that of victim—from which we can draw bitter strength. However, pain’s universality can also empower us to use our hurt to help others heal. Since no pain is any greater or more profound than any other, what you feel can give you the ability to help bring about the recovery of individuals whose hurts are both similar to and vastly different from your own. You can channel your pain into transformative and healing love that aids you in helping individuals on a one-to-one basis and spreading a tide of curative energy throughout the world.
The capacity to heal others evolves naturally within those who are ready to disassociate themselves from their identity as victims. In fact, the simple decision to put aside the pain we have carried is what grants us the strength to redeem that pain through service. There are many ways to use the hurt you feel to help others. Your pain gives you a unique insight into the minds of people who have experienced trauma and heartache. You can draw from the wellspring of strength that allowed you to emerge on the other side of a painful experience and pass that strength to individuals still suffering from their wounds. You may be able to council individuals in need by showing them the coping methods that have helped you survive or simply by offering sympathy. A kinship can develop that allows you to relate more closely with those you are trying to aid and comfort.
Helping others can be a restorative experience that makes your own heart grow stronger. In channeling your pain into compassionate service and watching others successfully recover, you may feel a sense of euphoria that leads to increased feelings of self-worth and optimism. Your courageous decision to reach out to others can be the best way to declare to yourself and the world that your pain didn’t defeat you, and in fact it helped you heal.
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