When we consider the process of healing, let us keep these three truths in mind:
- Healing requires air and time. Remember as a kid when we fell and scraped our knee? The instinct of mothers has always been to stop the bleeding and add the bandaid. Cover the wound to prevent infection, but soon enough we would hear “We need to take off the bandaid, the wound needs air.” As it is with emotional wounds, we need to acknowledge and work through what has occurred. Healing is a process, one not to remained covered up – and with time, we come to acceptance and forgiveness.
- Healing brings discomfort. The healing of a wound is a tender place – it is within this fragility that it finds its strength. As Rumi says “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
- Healing involves not knowing who you will be on the other side. The thought that healing can change us has the potential to prevent us from actively participating in the process, yet we also inherently know that when we consciously heal our wounds, we gift ourselves resilience.
As Stephen Levine says, ”To heal is to touch with love that which we previously touched with fear.”
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