“Ignorance is bliss, of course. The reason it’s hard to live a life of consciousness and awareness is because it’s risky. In my experience, the greater the joy I feel, the deeper the pain I feel. I actually have less pain in my life now, but when I feel it, I feel it so much more deeply. That’s the nature of openness.
If I’m in pain, I don’t criticize myself for being in pain. I don’t think I’m a loser for being in pain. I don’t think I’m less-than because I hurt. It took me a long time to figure that out. If I’m in pain, I’m compassionate with myself. I give myself a heaping dose of self-love and change the way I think. I make different choices. I make some happier choices in my thoughts, which could be as simple as telling myself, ‘This too will pass.’” ~Danielle Laporte
I realize the lovely Ms. Laporte was speaking more towards emotional pain and suffering when she wrote these words, but I’m hoping the power attached to changing one’s thoughts will also resonate with the fun experience that’s going down this morning. All four of my wisdom teeth are coming out! This too shall pass, this too shall pass… Catch you all when I’m four parts less wise.