by Kahlil Gibran
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And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain.
And he said:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen,
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.
-- from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
Poetry Chaikhana | Kahlil Gibran - Pain
This little essay along with the Ivan M. Granger commentarty which follows behind ther llink is a perfect companion for me at this "Long dark tea-time of the soul."
It is said that pain is mandatory, but suffering is optional. I mainly suffer because I mistake my ego for myself and the ego's suffering from my own; I still have not been able to free myself from my ego. Perhaps Eckhart Tolle has a workable solution: a simple program of behavioral extinction.. If i ignore it maybe it will stop its demanding chatter.
The Prophet was my first exposire to a spiritual "poetry" that was not Church hyms/ I gave the book to my first wife at pur wedding 62 years ago. The marriage did not last, but the book did.
Love and peace to everyone