Friday, October 26, 2007

Entertaining old pain

Pain needs to be processed, of course. And healthy grieving is necessary as a way to recover from profound loss. But to rehearse the painful events over and over so that it goes on for years - to wallow in the pain - is unhealthy and unskillful. It keeps us from ever moving forward:

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?

--Mary Manin Morrissey

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