If you’re in pain, that’s your experience. If you made progress of any kind, you made progress. Period. No qualifier. Just progress.
It’s so common to think that you don’t deserve to feel the way you feel. This doesn’t even make sense if you really stop to think about it. Your feeling is your feeling. It’s your personal experience. It’s your current reality. Nothing more or less.
If you feel that you haven’t made progress, that’s your brain trying to qualify your actual experience. But if you look back to where you were, and compare it to where you are right now, you, undeniably made progress. That’s the reality.
If you can learn to accept that, and do your best to keep emotions out of it, you’ll preserve the mental energy you need to make even more progress.
How do you do that? You practice mindfulness. You learn to meditate. You do whatever you need to do to see the situation with clear eyes without passing emotional judgment on your experience.
This is the calm road that leads to the placid pool of simple, unadorned awareness.
It can take some time to get there, but it’s worth the journey.
Focus on seeing your reality for what it is. Discard the qualifications and judgment.
Just keep moving down the road.
And if the road isn’t there, create one.