“We’ve been opening ourselves to the grief, to the knowing of what’s taking place, the loss of species, the destruction of the natural world, the unimaginable levels of social injustice and economic injustice that deprive so many human beings of basic opportunities. And as we open to the pain of that, there’s a possibility of embracing that pain and that grief in a way that it becomes a strength, a power to respond. There is the possibility that the energy that has been bound in the repression of it can now flow through us and energize us, make us clearer, more alive, more passionate, committed, courageous, determined people.” ~ John Robbins
I appreciate the perspective that John Robbins is sharing with us. When we repress, or enter into myraid forms of denial, the pain does not diminish, but rather simmers within and depletes the spirit. The act of "repressing" requires energy. Surrendering into the pain and grief, allowing this energy to be expressed and transmute into a new sense of power and strength, is a healthy choice.
The act of repression binds us~
The act of surrendering into our feelings releases us. We become more compassionate and perhaps willing to reach out beyond ourselves and offer assistance to another. We are freed to take action, to make a difference, to immerse ourselves into a worthy cause, if we choose.
Are you ready to embrace your pain and grief?