Dear one... the pain be part of the journey to feel and to bear before you emerge reborn, renewed alive to your fullest potential
I know that starting a new “regime” is not always easy. Whether it’s a new diet, where you’re cutting out your favourite go-to treats and you’re struggling to battle back the cravings; or a new exercise routine that feels painful and exhausting on weary, underused muscles.
Instead of seeing the pain as a negative thing, befriend it. Change your relationship with it, understanding that it’s just temporary discomfort that is part of your healing process. Instead of fighting with it, breathe with it, be grateful to it: this new practice you’re starting is going to bring you results.
I’ve recently started a new, painful ritual. Every morning, after my yoga practice, I put a drop of this “Miel de Mariola” in my eyes – a special honey that comes from tiny, stingless bees, and is used to treat vision problems and “clean” the eyes.
For about 20 minutes I lay down in the gentle morning sunlight, while my eyes are on fire, burning with the sensation of the drops. I can’t open my eyes, it’s too painful. I’m blind.
The more I struggle the more excruciating it seems to feel.
So I’m learning to befriend it. I remind myself to breathe deeply. I also tune in with the other sensations – beyond the pain – that I’m experiencing. I have started to witness interesting releases of tension in the muscles of my face, and observe with curiosity that I am often experiencing simultaneous releases in my belly. The different parts of the body are interconnected in many ways that we don’t fully appreciate and are only beginning to comprehend…
And I emerge from the pain, feeling calmer, somehow refreshed, and with a little more clarity once I do open up my eyes. I wipe the tears from my cheeks and lick my fingers, relishing the sweetness of honey residue that has oozed out from my stinging irises.
There’s a sweetness after pain.
You got this. Keep going.