Sweetness and bitterness. You think of them as opposites. It is all taste. You label one good and the other bad, but are they not simply experiences? How can you know sweetness without bitterness? It is through the contrast that you know the fullness of experience. You strive and strive and often suffer in your attempts to experience only pleasure. This is futile, for pain is built in to the experience of wholeness. It will not and need not last. Use it for what it is: an experience from which you learn and move on. Pray, “May my lessons be as painless as possible” and share liberally what you have learned. It is all about love and connection.

You are so very loved.