from 1/7/17; it is okay to continue

Sep 23, 2017

It’s okay to suffer.
It is okay for things to be not-okay.
It is okay to feel overwhelmed and anxious.
It is okay to be not-okay.

It is okay to suffer.
And this is essential to understand
so bring your heart up close.

Your suffering does not mean you are damaged.
Your suffering is not pathological.
Your suffering means that you are whole.
Your suffering means that you are human.

You have nothing missing, nothing injured,
just an active heart and the seeds of great compassion.
But you cannot know your tears are seeds
until you accept your suffering.

When I tell you, “It’s okay,”
I do not mean
“Stop your crying. You are fine.”
I do mean
“I see you. It is okay to continue.”

This world is a safe place to suffer.
We have soft moss,
a warm sun,
big trees and strong arms to shelter us.
This world is a safe place to suffer.

Talk about suffering.
Do not resist it.
Let it all flood in,
but then do not be surprised
when it goes.