Pain, discomfort, suffering…
Many see these words and want to run the other way. Who in their right mind would want to suffer when there are ways to bypass it?
Let’s consider the word “pain”. The English language does not distinguish between varying levels of pain as opposed to other languages that have multiple variations for the sensations we experience (or so I’ve been told by my foreign friends). It’s a valid word for experiences that are traumatic in nature, but =&0=&After all, the discomforts felt during these processes is much different from breaking an arm or getting a root canal done.
I think that it’s more accurate to recognize that the sensations that women experience during these processes have a purpose and that much learning can happen when women learn to navigate accordingly. The pain that surfaces during these processes is our body’s way of telling us to do something different. That there’s an imbalance present. I believe that suffering happens when we do not respond to the messages our body sends us. Therefore, if we listen and respond we can avoid unnecessary suffering.