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Why is pain so painful? What is it about the inevitable loneliness of life, that feels so threatening? Why do I experience such a strong compulsion to push away the pain escaping into anesthetic, denial, or distraction? What is it in me that so quickly defaults to resistance when I find myself afraid?
I cannot imagine there is anyone in the world who has not had the experience of finding themselves in a room full of people and feeling utterly alone. The disorientation that accompanies loneliness in the midst of people can be devastating.