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Living in the Grey Space


Each time you stay present with fear and uncertainty, you’re letting go of a habitual way of finding security and comfort.
~ Pema Chodron

I can’t exactly pinpoint where this is from, but I do remember recently reading that, sometimes, we have to learn to live in the “grey space.” Those words resonated very deeply and transcended into one of those ‘aha’ moments that crystallized a particular truth.

Life is composed of changes and unknowns through and through; we can’t ever truly predict what will come our way in the years ahead.

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Living in the Grey Space

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  1. My experience, and there is now some research on childhood trauma treatment to support, is that denying, avoiding, happy-talking, distracting from painful events is just disassociation and always harmful.

    Smelling the roses may give temporary relief, but just digs the hole of pain it is trying to mask, deeper. Running away from pain is fatal. The psychic pain won’t kill you but running away from it will – literally. Mainly in the form of premature illnesses.

    I stood behind this t-shirt walking recently. “Pain is weakness leaving the body” But full authentic awareness and acceptance of the pain seems required. This of course, is very, very hard and painful itself – but don’t see any alternative.

    The facts of pain are as they are. Disassociation, in it’s many forms, can’t change any facts.

 

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