Compassion heals Pain

Cropped Photo: Mural street art - Montréal, October 2013 Cheryl-Lynn Roberts

Cropped Photo: Mural street art – Montréal, October 2013  © Cheryl-Lynn Roberts

Pain has become my best friend forever
that actually makes me feel alive…
without it?
I’m not sure I would survive.

Acceptance is the magic key
prognosis of a puzzling condition
he who has a medical degree
diagnosed a painful affliction.

But rather than sink into despair
I simply trudge on anywhere
and work with passion at my career
filled with compassion that is so dear
and knowing that my fate is clear
destined to help , soothe a hurt soul
I  feel blessed fulfilling this role.

Nothing better than to give…
listen, care, help them  forgive
yet not regress but
live again
and moving on, learn to let go
of their past hurts and childhood pain.

To feel a physical pain inside
simply confirms that I’m alive.
And when I think of those who stride
in war and poverty, still survive;
how dare that I consume self-pity
and whimper meagre aches and pains
when those who suffer ‘round the world
of hunger, rape …do they complain?
They only ask for peace … petty portions
of cease-fire, gain some liberation
and tranquil minds, and scanty rations
what so often we take for granted.

Pain has become my best friend
that actually makes me feel alive
without it?
I’m not sure I would survive.

I feel so humbled to assist
these youths who suffer silently
and reach out to us for a list
of ways to live more positively.

And then I try to instill hope
that will in time conquer despair
and offer skills to help them cope
until they learn to truly care
and turn their life ‘round for repair.

I feel so humbled to assist
these youths who suffer silently
and reach out to us for a list
of ways to live more positively.

© Cheryl-Lynn Roberts, January 5, 2014

Poetry share, prompt 37 for MindLoveMisery – Unavoidable Pain 

7 Replies to “Compassion heals Pain”

  1. Beautiful self-realisation poem! Your words here echo the very same messages I hold dear in my heart, and what I write about in my blog. It reiterates a previous post of mine at http://shirleymaya.com/2013/08/31/judge-just-love/
    I am certain you are on your way to living positively, because you know how your pain as lesson to help others and not use it as a just cause to hurt others. This is the greatest progress of the heart, mind and spirit.
    I truly rejoice with you, and for you.
    Also, Thank you for following my blog. Wishing you all the very best, Cheryl-Lynn 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Shirley. Without wanting to sound like a holy roller or Buddhist, I found solace in the latter when going through a break up, I questioned why there was so much pain; grieving is so painful and when I grasped that concept to embrace my pain rather than avoid it, the sooner the clarity and enlightenment will appear. So true and I would even go as far to say that suffering are blessings and gifts to grow. I wish I would have learned a bit younger but I did have my path at my pace to follow. Namaste,

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      1. We share the views, Cheryl-Lynn. I am also a fellow Buddhist, and I can relate to what you shared. I think as much as we do wish we knew all that we know now, while we were younger, the timing is crucial. We are ready to learn, embrace and live it out now. Hence, we can see more and accept our own role in all that has come to pass. I love how nothing is wasted in Buddhism. Every single experience, good or bad, is a valuable lesson. Just like every person has value. With folded hands, thank you 🙂

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