Dr David Dybdal, Boston Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist

David Dybdal, MD, PhD

Compassionate, Effective Psychotherapy and Medication Management

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The Pain Game

Posted on 31 December, 2020 at 14:30

If you should start to sense deep pain,

You might be tempted to search for the source from whence it came, so you may find someone or something else to blame.

Or instead, perhaps we could make it a sort of game.

For our Universe is infinitely complex, and it's ways are impossible to fully know or explain.


But if we but look within ourselves at the reflections of what we see, we may try a simple waltz of 1, 2, 3.

First, you may become AWARE of the pain, then you may ACCEPT it, as just something that is happening in you, like falling rain,

that just now there is likely nothing that you need do, for you may see in this instant that this pain exists almost entirely inside of you.

And just then you may already start to feel that it's already beginning to heal.

Finally, having accepted that, just for now, that this pain lives in you, you may consciously CHOOSE what next you want to do.

You can choose to be gentle and empathic with the parts of you that hurt,

or distract yourself, for that too has worth,

or with authority say "not now, take heed"

go with my blessing to find some other place that can meet your needs.

And so you may now see, that though healing may not be easy, the path is as simple as 1, 2, 3.

AWARE, ACCEPT and CHOOSE, and no matter how it goes, you will learn and grow, and come to know and follow the Way you wish to go.

- David Dybdal


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