Through our Daily Spiritual Practice we transcend the…

Paradox of Pain

‘MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING’ by Viktor E. Frankl is a book about the memoirs of a psychiatrist in Nazi death camps and his lessons of spirituality.  He describes how the only survivors of the devastating death camps where the people who found a reason to live, a meaning for life.   He says,”We cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward.”  The book displays conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful.  Viktor declares fulfillment is to find significance in the very act of living.

Today, I realized that I am most grateful for the pain and suffering I have gone through.  It is my driving force to be connected, to make a difference.  It is my driving force to live, breath and love.  The paradox of pain resides in its transcendence to pleasure.  Maybe, just maybe, it is not our pain that hurts us, but what we choose to do with it and how we cope with it.  How we choose to overcome it determines who we are!

Daily Affirmation:  I transcend pain and suffering to love and connection!

Daily Action:  Today, I will use any pain and suffering as a lesson and a wake-up call to create love and connection.  I will witness how I cope with pain, what I do with it and who I decide to become because of it.   Today, I will use the memory of suffering as my strength to prevail!

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