All too often when we are in the midst of deep pain we stop.
We stop breathing, we stop hoping, we stop wishing, wanting… the only thing it feels that won’t stop are the tears and the darkness that surrounds us.
And yet, there is a piece of us that always, even in the midst of the darkest night stretches out for that light, for that hope, for that deep breath. But at times that peace and certainty of a new tomorrow feels so far away.
When we are in the mist of chaos and pain our focus narrows, it becomes laser-like focusing only on the pain and darkness. We feel like this moment is the only moment that exists… and when we are knee deep in blessings, full of laughter and surrounded by joy we want to swim in it, we don’t ever want it to end… and there are the other times… these moments when we stop. We contract, we don’t allow anything in or out and the pain stretches out beyond what we can see.
It is those times we need to be reminded:
This isn’t the end of the story.
Often this is a new beginning, but it is important to honor the ending.
This pain won’t be this intense forever.
This hurt won’t last.
We will keep breathing, our hearts will keep beating.
It takes a skillful hand and heart to allow us to feel deeply the hurt, the pain, but yet hold this awareness. In those times we are desperate to hear those words- “it will get better,” “it won’t always be like this,” “just give it time”- … but not at the expense of belittling where we are… it is a delicate balance… this place of accepting where you are, and knowing you won’t be there forever. This balance of honoring the pain, the past, and stepping into a new future.
Nature does this so skillfully reminding us that we are constantly changing, unfolding, becoming, expanding and contracting.
This why I wrote the In-Between.
To be that voice, to help navigate the delicate balance between accepting where you are and knowing that this isn’t the end of your story.
Because this isn’t the end of your story.