Struggling with addiction and mental health issues can cause us to form strong attachments to our pain. Because our illnesses are familiar to us, because they are what we know, they become a form of security for us. They can become our comfort zone. They provide us with a sense of familiarity and comfort, even though they are painful. We can become so attached to our pain that it begins to form our identity. We have a hard time disassociating ourselves from our traumatic experiences. We feel that our history defines us. We let our wounds dictate how we live our lives. We let our grief overwhelm us and overtake our lives. We let our pain impair our relationships and hinder our daily lives.
Our pain holds us back and keeps us trapped. When we live completely attached to our pain, we continuously manifest the same difficult relationships and circumstances. We experience the same recurring issues. We’re caught in cycles of self-destructiveness and self-sabotage. Our pain actually holds valuable information for us. We’re meant to learn critical lessons from our difficult experiences. We aren’t open to this learning, however, when we’re burying ourselves in our pain. When we hold onto our pain too tightly, we don’t give ourselves the space to grow. We’re meant to be expansive, to learn and change. When we’re too attached to our pain, we constrict ourselves and our potential for healing and transformation.
Detaching from our pain means making the choice to identify with our inner truth, rather than with the layers of woundedness that have accumulated on top of it. The authentic truth of who we are sees our painful experiences as fleeting moments in our existence. They come and go, presenting us with the challenge of finding the wisdom within. When we cling to these transient moments, we miss the point of learning from them and allowing their energy to move through us rather than becoming stuck and stagnant within us. We’re meant to learn and let go, not allow it to fester inside us, making us sick.
Our attachment to our pain creates energetic imbalances within us, leaving us feeling ungrounded and uncentered, insecure and lacking in confidence. We don’t have the inner strength to cope with life. We’re constantly in a state of reacting to our pain, therefore manifesting more. When we meditate on detachment instead, we lower our resistance to the growth process. We don’t cling to our pain or try to run from it. We let ourselves feel it, but then we let ourselves move forward. Detaching from our pain gives us freedom, it allows us to reclaim our power over our thoughts and feelings, and it lets us develop a genuine sense of inner peace.
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