Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Friday, July 21, 2017

weariness of life

The whole notion of pain, and how every individual experiences pain, is up for debate. We don't know how another person experiences pain - physical pain or psychic pain. Some of these clinics where assisted suicide or euthanasia is practiced, they call it 'weariness of life.'
                                                                        Miriam Toews

What do we do with pain?
It is so complex
When present, so woven into the fabric of who we are

Physical pain morphs into
Emotional and spiritual pain

It is no longer my back,
My neck
It is my heart, my would

Dazed by pain one wonders who they are
What they have become
And the path ahead
Seems hardly worth the effort

Pain comes out of trauma
Physical yes
But equally so
Emotional, spiritual, sexual

We carry all kinds of pain in our bodies
And we become pain

We grow weary of life

To answer pain involves so much more than
Pills, or surgery
Pain is alleviated by walking
Eating (right)

It is a physical matter to be sure
But all pain is from the brain
One way or another

We must think rightly
Or suffer

Pain is pain
It does not have to become suffering

They sit in front of me
Their stories different but the same

Ah!  Sacred One
Touch these bodies, hearts, souls, minds
Touch this pain

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