The athlete’s motivational motto, “no pain, no gain”, is now knit into the repertoire of our therapeutically attuned culture. The implication: not only is it possible to grow from pain, but it’s necessary if we are ever to grow. On the other hand, there seems to be so much that contradicts the so-called “benefit of pain”. Many of us are dehumanized, dispirited, and even a little bitter … or just plain tired and fed-up. Are there insights that could help us live these processes with more serenity and freedom? This presentation will look at some of the dynamics and ideas surrounding growth and pain.
Presenter: Dr. Mark Slatter
Mark Slatter is Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul University. He also works at The Ottawa Mission in spiritual formation with those who struggle with substance abuse.