Pain is not a mistake. It doesn’t mean that something has ‘gone wrong’ in the universe, that the body-mind is ‘broken’ in any way. It is only a signal, an expression of deep intelligence, a loud and clear call for kind, non-judgemental, present-moment attention. It is an invitation to break from your usual routine and plans and patterns, and meet a sacred moment with fresh and unassuming eyes.
Pain is not an enemy of awakening, but a misunderstood friend, come to shatter all your dreams, and a awaken a deep humility and respect for life.
Pain can be brutal, yes, but compassion doesn’t always have to feel good.
– Jeff Foster