Ripples #1299: The Path of Healing


Healing comes from gathering wisdom from past actions and letting go of the pain that the education cost you.
~Caroline Myss, shared by Leslie in Madison, WI


Healing is not becoming the best version of yourself; healing is letting the worst version of yourself be loved. So many of us have turned healing into becoming this super-perfect version of ourselves. That is bondage…that is anxiety waiting to happen. Healing is saying, “Every single version of me deserves love…deserves tenderness…deserves grace.” When we get to a place where we see and can empathize with every version of ourselves, even the version of ourselves that can sometimes be ashamed of, that’s when we know we are walking in the path of healing.
~Kobe Campbell, shared by Tammy via this TikTok video


I’m pretty good at doing quite a few things, but one thing I’m still working on: I’m not that good at being sick.

When my body is feeling lousy, my mindset crumples into a state of weakness, too. I have a hard time remembering what it’s like to be in tip top shape, and I have a hard time believing that I’ll ever return to a state of well-being. And oh, how much time and energy I spend beating myself up for getting sick…trying to identify the thing I did “wrong” that resulted in this “punishment.”

Pretty harsh, eh?

Can you relate?

At some point, sometimes sooner and sometimes later (stubbornness, you have a call on line one), I eventually surrender to the reality of what’s happening. I’m then able to once again recognize the limitations of being mortal, and I can once again start tuning in to what my body and brain are asking for.

“Rest,” they are often saying. “Paulie, you need more rest than you think you do.”

Once I’m able to give myself permission to be sick, it’s easier to find room in my calendar and in my life for some down time.

Before long I’m feeling more like my usual self….and hoping I’ve grown a tiny bit wiser about how to travel The Path of Healing.

P.S. A little more on healing can be found in Ripples #1035: Healing from Hurts and Ripples #1134: Healing the Hero.

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