On Suffering

Day 33 SOS-2000 Poetry Project

On Suffering
By Barbara Brennan

Because of our personal unity
with each individual on this planet,
we acknowledge the world of suffering within us,
we then most automatically
move into the physical world of suffering.

When I say the world of suffering within,
I do not mean just your personal suffering.
I mean you can feel everyone’s suffering within you.
As you know once connected, always connected.

Gayle’s Reflection:

Today is Ash Wednesday and I find it interesting to have chosen this one On Suffering. The Lenten journey culminates with the greatest and most celebrated of human suffering; the crucifixion of Christ. Humanity has embraced the view of Christ’s suffering on a near cellular level. How can we escape this?

Over many Lenten journeys of my own I have gained awareness of the duality of suffering and joy. One day I chose to change my path to God from one of suffering to one of Joy. I believe that is the true lesson that Christ wanted to embrace on a cellular level. The resurrection shows how we can overcome death and the experience of physical pain through deep forgiveness and unbounded love. There is joy in that. Perhaps, it is only a matter of shifting perspective and making a different choice.

Miracles happen…Celebrate them!
Physical pain happens…
Celebrate that we are able to share it with everyone as we are all connected. Feel and share both the physical pain and the miraculous joy.

Remember how we all suffered and grieved together during 911? No one could escape the process. Remember how we all celebrate our Gold medal winners and home town sports teams? There is then an air of joyful success and possibility.

Isn’t this evidence that each of us can feel the other as a massive unified field? There is no stopping, nor eliminating the connectedness. All we can do is consciously choose how we connect.

Suffering… war, disease, pollution, feminine, corruption…
Joy…celebration of heroes, graduations, promotions, weddings, babies, triumph over suffering…
What else is here with joy? I hardly know what joy is and how to feel it, and give it room for expression as suffering dominates the biosphere globally.

Over these 40 days to Easter, I invite you to be encouraged and discover more joy for the gifts of love in your life.

Choose to witness and forever release the pain of suffering from your cells. Intend for suffering to diminish on Earth. Allow your life to be filled daily with the promise of love returning and becoming the dominant force for life on Earth.

Practice smiling more.
Share more.
Love more.

Thank you Barbara, I choose JOY as a path to God.

See you tomorrow.

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