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Common wisdom tells us: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If the system is functioning, don’t intervene.
But how can we tell if something is broken?
It’s unwise to assume that everything that hurts is broken and needs fixing. There is unavoidable discomfort and pain in life’s cycles, and we’d be in danger without the ability to feel pain.
If not for the pain of feeling the heat, what would keep us from jumping into a mesmerizing fire?
Physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual pain are often part of a natural healing process.
So how do we know if something is broken?
Hearing truth in silence
We have to listen, to find our silent stillness so we can truly hear. Only when we are able to be with pain can we know when to take action, and when to refrain from taking action.
When we are able to be with pain, we can see clearly whether there is anything to be fixed.
When we are not able to be with pain, our attempts to fix that which is not broken or which cannot be fixed, create more pain.
Good intentions are not enough.