This article explores the possibility that suffering, instead of being something negative, can be one of the greatest gifts to bring out one’s humanity—if we allow it to be. The key is to learn to cultivate patience and presence with the experience, and in this way learn and receive the gifts that come from the suffering. For every illness, every pain, is a blessing—it is a gift that can teach us, that can help us to grow as individuals. Often it is only by being present with our suffering that our deepest humanity can be revealed.
Published in Acupuncture Today, available here.