‘The Road Less Travelled’ ….. is one of several books I am in the process of reading. I often have several books on the go…… I am always reading, absorbing, learning….growing.
Peck writes how suffering needs to be dealt with. Something I had come realise recently. You have to be willing to go through the pain, to heal. All of the pain. Suffering cannot be avoided, suppressed… or healing will not occur. And when we are not healing, our soul begins to shrivel and die.
I realised the other day, after a failed attempt at taking medication recently.. I cannot medicate my pain away. I have to feel it. I have to deal with it. No matter how long that takes. Medicating it away…. stops me confronting it.
Peck writes about the 4 discipline tools, needed to be able to deal with suffering…
1. Delayed Gratification
2. Acceptance of Responsibility
3. Dedication to Truth
Well, that is hopeful for me. Because I recognise all of these, and did not require anyone to tell me.
With regard to those needed tools to confront suffering….
I realise I have to go through this pain of dealing with my past in it’s entirety. If I delay this suffering further, choosing instead the easier place of denial, I won’t heal. As Peck says, these are needed to confront pain…. not avoid legitimate suffering.
‘Legitimate Suffering’. I must remember that is what I am enduring. In the past, and now. Continue reading