“Finding Peace in the Unknown: Embracing the Healing Process”

"Healing is not about understanding all the pieces. It's about loving the parts that you don't understand and being thankful.” -Tadayoshi Inoue

Healing is a complex process that takes time, patience, and self-compassion. As a health and wellness expert, I’ve seen many clients struggle with the idea that they need to understand the root cause of their pain in order to heal. However, I’ve come to realize that healing doesn’t always mean understanding why.

It’s natural for us to want to understand the “why” behind our pain, but sometimes that understanding may not be possible. Some experiences are simply too complicated to fully comprehend, or we may not have all the information we need. In these situations, it’s important to recognize that we can still heal without understanding the reason behind our pain.

Research supports this idea. One study found that individuals who focused on accepting and working through their emotions, rather than trying to understand the reason for their pain, experienced greater emotional well-being and a faster recovery process. Another study showed that patients who received psychotherapy aimed at helping them cope with their pain, rather than uncovering its root cause, saw improvements in their symptoms.

Personally, I’ve experienced the healing power of accepting my pain without fully understanding why. There have been times in my life where I’ve struggled with feelings of sadness, anxiety, and uncertainty. Instead of obsessing over the reasons for my feelings, I focused on being kind and gentle with myself, and allowing myself to feel and process my emotions in a safe and healthy way.

I encourage you to do the same. Healing is not always about understanding the “why” behind our pain, but rather about accepting and working through it in a loving and compassionate way. Remember that healing is a journey, and every step you take towards self-acceptance and self-love is a step in the right direction.

You don’t have to understand why something has happened to you in order to heal from it. It’s possible to heal without knowing anything but that you want relief. In fact, sometimes focusing on acceptance and emotional processing can lead to greater healing and emotional well-being. Remember to be kind and compassionate towards yourself as you navigate your healing journey.

Pic: A lot of pain at this time in my life, you couldn’t tell in this picture. We still won a pro card but personally I was in a lot of emotional pain. Work helped me heal as well as a desire to just feel better. 

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.