Most emotional pain, like its physical counterpart, serves a function. The pain of a broken arm discourages you from using it and deepening the damage. Similarly, emotional pain provides a signal that it’s time to stop and reflect, a process that promotes healing.
According to spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson, emotional suffering carries important information. People who repress those emotions with prescription drugs are not allowing the emotional wound to heal. In Western culture, physicians tend to overprescribe, medicating acute sadness with drugs more appropriate for chronic depression. But popping a pill usually masks emotional pain instead of resolving it. A better method is to examine the pain, which will lead to spiritual growth and emotional maturity.
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