Listen to your Pain

October 9, 2017 in Recovery

“These pains that you feel are messengers. Listen to them. Turn them into sweetness.”- Rumi 

Part of the human experience is facing pain. What’s funny to me? We all try to run away from it. I know a majority of my readers have dealt with pain and suffering in their lives thus far. Through depression, anxiety, and my eating disorder; pain hit me in the sharpest, cruelest way.

When I first started to feel pain and sadness through my eating disorder, I ignored it. When I first started to feel depressed, I told everyone I was “fine.”

The universe was sending these signs of pain as a messenger, but I was not listening. I did not know what to do but simply let the pain wash over my body. But obviously, pain and suffering can only run its course for so long.

I think in life we have breaking points. I know I had mine. And I am very grateful that I finally learned to listen to pain and turn them into sweetness. What do I mean by that? The pain that I was feeling through my eating disorder I turned into sweetness and sought help. Through lots of treatment, hard work, and dedication, I was able to overcome that battle. The overwhelming sense of sadness and hopelessness I felt with my depression was turned into sweetness when I realized that I am so worthy of living this life genuinely happy and I would do whatever it took to get there. Treatment, tears, hard-work, frustration, confusion, therapy… I listened to my pain and I ended up at this point. And with this work, I turned pain into sweetness. For my life now is something I consider pretty sweet. Not perfect by any means, but a life that I certainly love.

If a relationship is causing you pain- listen to that pain and LEAVE. If a mental illness iscausing you pain, let this pain be your messenger to go get help and talk to someone. Pain hurts and aches but without it we would not have sweetness. We need the bitterness in this life to be brought sweetness.

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“The world gives you so much pain and here you are making gold out of it.” 

Make gold out of your pain. Let it fuel your fire to live a wholehearted life- one free from self-hate, toxic thoughts, food controlling your life, exercise running you into the ground, anxiety keeping you from enjoying the things you love… let the hurt guide you to joy and love. When something is causing you hurt and suffering, realize that you carry all the power to let that thing go. The human heart and soul are so incredibly strong- we think our struggles in this life can shatter them into a million pieces, but they don’t; for the human heart and soul is resilient- just like us.

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“What hurts you blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” -Rumi 

Your light is waiting to shine and sparkle into the world, turn on that switch. The universe has great things in store for you… listen to your pain, embrace the arduous journey that comes to a life of sweetness, and let your darkness be your candle knowing that YOU are strong enough to keep this fire going.

Anything on your mind today… share in the comments!  Thank you guys for reading and happy Monday <3 

xoxo. <3 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Marina @ Happy Healing October 9, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Such a beautiful, true post. I find that I often ignore my physical/mental pain until it gets to a point where I’m really suffering. It’s so important to listen to your body!

    Have a great Monday 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa October 16, 2017 at 2:47 am

      thank you very much for reading it love <3

  • Reply steffie October 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I love what you have written here! Thanks for sharing your knowledge in hopes that it will help others!

    • Reply Alyssa October 16, 2017 at 2:47 am

      love you mom<3

  • Reply Emily October 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    It’s amazing how God uses pain in my life to refine me and make me come out more like gold and like a diamond, but it’s also hard. I’m thankful that the Lord enables me to listen more to Him in pain, sometimes even more than when I’m comfortable.

    • Reply Alyssa October 16, 2017 at 2:48 am

      <3 you are coming out like a diamond girl!

  • Reply Jessica (Bess) October 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    interesting… i’ve been thinking a lot about pain recently and how it relates to trauma. in my opinion, eating disorders and other addictions (alcoholism, drugs, etc..) and even other issues like OCD and anxiety are ways to cope with pain / an attempt to shield oneself from future pain… lots more thoughts but i read a really good article about adverse childhood experiences that I can send you if you want!!

    • Reply Alyssa October 16, 2017 at 2:49 am

      loved that article you sent me. seriously so powerful and I found that research very interesting. thank you!!

  • Reply Catherine @ A Cup of Catherine October 10, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Love this.
    Our painful experiences really do make us into who we are meant to be. Doesn’t make it easier to handle at the time, but ultimately, I am grateful for the pain I’ve experienced because its given me empathy and a greater appreciation for the happy times.
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    • Reply Alyssa October 16, 2017 at 2:50 am

      i truly believe pain gives us so much empathy, which is ultimately a beautiful thing. being able to be there for others and be that set of ears that people often need is huge!

  • Reply kat October 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Some shy away from pain, and while no one likes pain when they are in the midst of it, I am forever grateful for mine. Through pain and scars I have become who I am – I have LEARNED, each and every time, something about myself. And though that pain will always be with me in my memories and in the lessons that I’ve learned, I no longer look back at those times and remember the pain – instead I only remember the lessons and take aways from it. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa October 16, 2017 at 2:50 am

      that is so beautiful Kat. I’m so happy you’re taking lessons away from your challenging times. xoxo

  • Reply Naomi October 12, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Listen to your pain–what a beautiful, true, much needed message. As always, your writing makes me think about the bigger picture. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa October 16, 2017 at 2:51 am

      naomi you are so sweet- thank you!!

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