Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WEGO Health Activist Prompt 27: Inspiring Quote


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For the month of April I'm participating in WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Prompts. If you'd like more information or want to participate, too, please visit: Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge.

Today's WEGO Health Activist Writing Month Prompt is: "Find a quote that either inspires you positively or negatively and write about it."

One of my favorite quotes is this one from the Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön: "It isn't the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it's how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer."

In searching for ways to cope with chronic migraines once I realized getting rid of them wasn't going to be an easy process, one of the first things I found that seemed to provide any kind of comfort or sense was this quote. It quite simply never occurred to me that living with physical pain didn't require me to suffer constantly. That realization truly changed everything for me. It might sound like a minor shift in perspective, but it freed me from believing I was doomed to suffer into the future for months and years with no end in sight. This isn't to say that I never experience suffering, of course. But the work of teachers and writers like Pema Chödrön helps me set my thinking straight when I hit an especially rough patch and keeps me inspired to live the best life I can despite the pain and many other limitations.

What are your favorite quotes?


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