Full text of author Glennon Doyle Melton’s talk titled “First the Pain, Then the Rising” at SuperSoul Sessions on Oprah Winfrey Network.
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When I first read Glennon Doyle Melton’s book “Love Warrior”, I felt like I knew this girl. She was funny and she was wise, and she felt like a friend.
To me, Glennon spoke for so many people, who don’t feel brave enough to speak their own truth. And after sitting down with her on “Super Soul Sunday,” I now call her a “Super Soul Visionary,” she is. Glennon Doyle Melton’s session is titled “First The Pain, Then The Rising.”
Glennon Doyle Melton:
Hey, babies! Hello, Super Soulers! Holy cow, here we are.
Okay, so I have a couple questions for us today. The first one is this.
- How would our lives and our relationships and our world transform if we stopped being so afraid of pain?
- What if we just once and for all decided that we were strong enough for the pain in our lives?
- So instead of hiding from it, we just rushed straight toward it and allowed our pain to become our power?
So, I’m a person who hid from pain for the first half of my life. When I was 10 years old, I looked out at the scary world and I decided that I was too weak for it. So, I dropped out of life and into bulimia, and then alcoholism. Until I was 25 and found myself on that bathroom floor, shaking and holding that positive pregnancy test and finding myself decide that (if) I wanted to be a mother.