The solitude of suffering

The powerlessness of words……

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

There is the solitude of suffering, when you go through darkness that is lonely, intense, and terrible. Words become powerless to express your pain; what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering. ― John O’Donohue from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

And yet, this experience John O’Donohue speaks of is universal enough that most people understand these words. Suffering is deeply and universally human. That makes me think of this post that features Pema Chodron’s work: There is nothing unique about our suffering. (Tonglen, a compassion practice) It’s helpful for me to remember that all human beings suffer…so even while it’s a solitary experience it’s universal and one can, in time, transform it and thus use it to connect with others.

A dear friend (soul-sister) sent me the book the above quote comes from. Anam Cara refers to the…

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