On Pain

It seems some people think that pain is special to them. Their pain is worse than anyone else’s. We all fall victim to that kind of thinking sometime, don’t we? But the truth is that pain belongs to all of us equally and it always passes just like joy. It is a teacher as is all our experience on this planet.

Kahlil Gibran from The Prophet once again:

And a woman spoke, saying, “Tell us of Pain.”

And he said:

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand
in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your
life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have
always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your
sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of
the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned
of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

8 thoughts on “On Pain

  1. I love that quotation; it contains much wisdom. I do believe our life has seasons. I want and demand eternal sunshine with nothing to worry about, but it’s unreasonable to think that. In zen we have to rid ourselves of our illusions. I have many illusions to face. Life always has times of grief. Nearly all of my pain is self-chosen because I do not want to accept the realities of life. The best thing I can do for myself is to get an attitude of gratitude. I need to see the blessings in my life, instead of all that I do not have.

    Pills sometimes took away some of my symptoms of mental illness, but I had to heal from within. I was lucky to find friends to give me hope. They made me accept that if they could do it, so could I.

    Thanks for this blog where we can all try to give each other hope.

    Jim S


  2. I love Kahlil Gibran. Incredibly insightful, yes. He’s still missing on my book shelves. I need to do something about that.

    “Much of your pain is self-chosen” – so true!


  3. My Russian Blue the little devil…and my tabby the angel…they compliment each other delightfully.

    I’m glad this piece touched you…don’t get many comments on the Kahlil
    Gibran stuff, but I find it so incredibly insightful…

    peace to you.


  4. I have never thought about this before Gianna, but it makes sense.

    People want to be special, and if they can be special with their pain, I guess that is it.

    I need to ponder this more, this was a real moving piece for me..

    On a lighter side, i am smiling looking at your face and that beautiful Russian Blue.


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