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Glennon Doyle Melton: First the Pain, Then the Rising (Transcript)

Glennon Doyle Melton at SuperSoul Sessions on Oprah Winfrey Network

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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Oprah Winfrey:

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.

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