Do you ‘just drive’?

A Note From Dr. Beverly Nelson, Director

Pain can numb us. Whether it’s because of an illness, or caused by loss, or a product of any other kind of trauma, if we do not overcome it, it will turn us into empty vessels.

Dr. Beverly Nelson (Photo: Michael Amici)I watched Gravity a couple of days ago. What a remarkable and powerful film! Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil it. But there is one phrase in the film that caught my attention: “I just drive”. Meaning: “I’m disconnected, blank, not-here…numb”. Why? Because life is too painful. Because there’s pain in the past that we can’t let go of. Because the only way to ‘cope’ is to turn off our feelings.

Well – that’s not coping. That’s actually choosing not to live.

If we are physically here, it means that our mission on this planet, and on this life, is not yet fulfilled. We all face tremendous loss at one point or another during our life – we can’t change that fact. But we need to learn how to grieve healthily, and how to let go. Maybe we need to let go of a person, a relationship, a place, or a project. The result of these traumatic losses is, of course, sadness. But our lives are too precious for us to spend them mourning the past.

If you or someone you love is stuck on grief, seeking help is vital. Our spirits are full of courage and potential – we can overcome the biggest obstacles, and trust me, we are capable of more than you even imagine! It’s just that sometimes we need help letting go.

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