Pain can be our blessing!
Generally speaking, in my practice I work with people – clients – that come in because they are experiencing some kind of “dis-comfort”. And because the clients are in this state of discomfort whether it is pain, discontentment, or unhappiness, they makes an appointment and come in to look at what is going on in their lives. Through this dis-comfort they take the time for themselves. They sit down with a neutral person to lay it out on the table, and begin to identify what the pain is trying to tell them . This may be the first time in their life that they really had no choice but to begin to listen to themselves and what their needs may be. They may not even know how to access that voice that gives the information about their own needs. Regardless of what it is about, the pain, the discomfort, leads to actions steps.
Through the pain they begins to pay attention. They begin to question their lives. They begins to wonder, what else is there that they should be doing. Through these questions, this attentiveness to self, this reevaluation, something begins to happen. Change. New thoughts are tried out, new parts of self begin to emerge, and more of the authentic self comes forth. I feel blessed to walk the journey with each of these clients – It is a priceless and humbling process to watch the authentic self begin to emerge more fully. And all because of some pain!Tags: discomfort gets our attention, Pain can be our blessing!, pain makes us change
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
- Janie Pfeifer Watson, LICSW, is the founder and director of Wholeness Healing Center, a mental health practice in Grand Island, Nebraska with remote sites in Broken Bow and Kearney. Her expertise encompasses a broad range of areas, including depression, anxiety, attachment and bonding, coaching, couples work, mindfulness, trauma, and grief. She views therapy as an opportunity to learn more about yourself as you step more into being your authentic self. From her perspective this is part of the spiritual journey; on this journey, she serves as a mirror for her clients as they get to know themselves—and, ultimately, to love themselves.
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