“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains.”
― C.S. Lewis
In agony there is information, lessons to be learned from our anguish if only we can listen through our own screams.
We rarely listen to the quiet whispers in our head. Nor do we do what the conscience says in more resounding and firm tones. But when the thunderclap hits our brain we are shocked into silence and awe and must pay attention to it because of the overwhelming nature of the pain we experience. This is the time to quiet the mind and SEE why we are here and what we need to do to get out of the Hell.
Pain is a feedback mechanism designed to tell us when we are wrong and in danger. Not listening to the sharp pain in your chest indicating a heart attack or the queasiness in your gut about a business associate or the kick in the soul of seeing them with someone else leads to worse torment and potentially death, metaphorical or too real.
If we quieted our lives and minds a bit, maybe we could hear what we are being told without needing to be yelled at.