HEALING OUR JOURNEY INTO BETTER HEALTH
In times of deep suffering perhaps the only appropriate response that we can make is a patient, stoic one – maybe it’s the only one if we are to live at peace with ourselves in these troubling times. As Epictetus said: “What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance.”
Curing is largely restorative, gaining back our former state of health. Healing is more about attitudinal shift, finding peace in the acceptance of what is.
Mindfulness is a body felt experience – an engagement with rhythmic, soft breath that eases us into a relaxed calm where healing is present.
We must accept the fact that healing should be the number one priority in our lives for without it we are reduced, diminished – made less than what we could be.
Positive affirmations, written, spoken and sung, on a regular basis can increase the presence of healing in our lives. Research supports this claim so why not give them a chance?
Our wounds and pain, anxieties and fear are all calls to go deeper within ourselves and explore their presence and meaning in our lives in order to gain insight into how we can transform them for a better future.
Healing always requires time to work its way into our lives so we must replace our often ‘quick fix’ expectations on recovery, that wants results straight away with a presence of mindfulness and patience, that allow the healing to take charge and not our over anxious minds.
Ultimately, despite all the emotional support we may receive from others we are accountable for our own progress into healing, knowing, deep inside us, that we only get out of healing what we put into it.
All our disappointments and dissatisfactions with our healing progress are ultimately ‘lessons‘ that can teach and shape us for better days.
Self-blaming, loading ourselves down with guilt because we believe we are somehow the ‘cause’ of our pain does not serve us well. Rather than engage with this damaging, devaluation of the self we should, instead, push forward and strengthen the mind positively, working actively to participate in a healing agenda that can turn our lives around.
If we pull back from our normal, over-active lives and just rest and relax in a mindful state of calming peace then healing will not be far away.
When healing enters our lives we must take good care of it and cherish its presence.
“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no
longer controls your life. ” Akshay Dubey