Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
– Kahlil Gibran

That’s true in a conventional sense, of course. And it also rests on some assumptions worth questioning. For instance, it’s suffering. What do I find when I explore that belief from a situation in my own life?

I am also reminded of how familiarity with neurogenic tremors (TRE) over time can offer a trust in the body’s ability to release tension and trauma, so there is more fluidity in entering and leaving trauma-triggering situations when they happen.

And also how (the appearance of) suffering and scars are created by taking thoughts as true, and when there is more clarity there is a sense of coming home, gratitude, and compassion. Even the labels of suffering, trauma and scars may reveal themselves to not be quite true, and that may go for the labels of strong and weak, and even soul and character.


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