I used to think that healing was about getting to a certain point of perfection.
But over the years I’ve learned that healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are. Who God meant you to be.
Feeling deficient and disconnected — has also been my most fertile ground for waking up. It has led me to a spiritual path and practices that I cherish. And when I get stuck in painful emotions, it brings me to a repeating realization, an insight that has profoundly changed my life:
I have to love myself into healing. The only path that can carry me home is the path of self-compassion.
“Healing is embracing what is most feared; healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction, healing is learning to trust life.” – Jeanne Achterberg