Pursuing Your Pain

There is something to be said about not just being present with our suffering, but actively pursuing it, to asking “what is this experience teaching me?”

Yoga teacher Ana Forrest talks about “stalking your fear” and Seane Corn speaks about “going to your wound.”

My own experience with anxiety has been the gift to create the life I want, the gift that brought me to yoga and allows me to reach an audience with my truth (whether it’s through writing or teaching) and help my students. After all, “who better,” Seane Corn often says about teaching a certain population, “who better to teach drug addicts if you’re a drug addict?” Like the lovely Jess Boylston-Fagonde says, “you want to know who your target audience is? Just look in the mirror, because it’s you.”

It all comes down to this quote by Rumi: “What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle. Your boundaries are your quest. I could explain this, but it will break the glass cover on your heart, and there’s no fixing that.”

Are you willing to break the glass cover?

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Kyczy says:

    I know this and then forget it over and over – I forget I need to look into the darkness and sit with pain. They both launch me into my new self – the one that is being born in this moment. Thank you for the reminder. Be brave!

    • Barbara Joy says:

      Thank you so much for your comment Kyczy. It means so much to me. I have to remind myself of that all the time too.
      Also, love the work you’re doing in the world- added it to my links!

  2. Sarah says:

    This is lovely and clear and true. Reminding ourselves that the mind is part of the self and yet is not the self.

  3. Like Rumi says:
    ‘Don’t turn away. Keep looking at the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.’

    It’s one of my favourites :)

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