Each one of us has a life that has been touched by challenges and suffering. We don’t expect to live our lives without suffering, and yet, when it happens, we act surprised and try to avoid it or rush past it. What if we stopped to acknowledge it, or feel some compassion for our suffering selves before we moved on?
No mud, no lotus, said Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Four words that speak to an indisputable truth in our lives! Born out of mud, the lotus pushes through the murkiness, as if with higher purpose, to break through and bloom. The mud may be sticky and dark , but without the mud, there would be no lotus. Without our suffering, we wouldn’t know happiness or accomplishment. Sometimes that suffering can be overwhelming. Therapy can help you recognize the temporary nature of your suffering, and tolerate the distress with compassion, until you too, like the lotus, can emerge with strength and optimism.