Leaning Towards Pain

My good friend and highly skilled-physiotherapist helped me with my arm today. She encouraged me to keep stretching it, even though it hurts. With a worried look, I meekly agreed.

This reminded me that this is exactly what one of my favourite teachers, Pema Chodron, advises so wisely and simply in her book, “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.” Leaning toward that which hurts us. My arm and amygdala (brain threat centre) scream “No!” but I know that this is the only way to finding lasting relief from this particular pain.

My painful elbow is teaching me in so many ways…

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