Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Healing Words

Healing words not only assist us gain new insights into our lives, they also can be a source of comfort during rough times. Sometimes we find ourselves unable to express what we are going through and healing words lend us the voice we need to do so.

Healing words became the salve to my wounds when I was undergoing very deep depression because other people, wiser and stronger people, who also have gone through the same experiences I have, managed to put their struggles not only into words, but have produced art because of it. Some healing words are not only knowledgeable and accurate in context, they are also poetic.

In the one year I suffered severe depression and refused to speak to anyone about my condition, I read and collected all the beautiful and healing words that best described my thoughts and feelings; especially the ones I resonated with the most. I would read them religiously everyday like a prayer and reflect on them for long periods of time -- slowly chewing the words like a meal and digesting them deep inside me until I fully understood and grasped the deeper meaning underneath each and every quote.

Healing words are my lifelines -- my source of learning, courage and alliance. I wish I could write them all down in this blog and thank all the artistic, intuitive and clever people whose words helped me through my darkest nights and were my only source of joy and solace. But since that is not possible, I would like to share some of them in here:

“Oh soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”
~ Jalal al-Din Rumi ~

“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling

with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain.

But you have already borne the pain.

What you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain.”

~ Saint Batholomew ~

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~ George Bernard Shaw ~

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
~ Helen Keller ~

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
~ Buddha ~
“To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to leave the world a better place;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

"The most important things in life aren't things."
~ Anthony J. D'Angelo ~

“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep,

too grave to laugh,

and too selfish to seek other than itself.”

~ Kahlil Gibran ~

“When you have come to the edge of all light that you know

and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown,

faith is knowing one of two things will happen:

there will be something solid to stand on

or you will be taught to fly”

~ Patrick Overton ~

“The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief -
but the pain of grief is only a shadow
when compared with the pain
of never risking love.”

~ Hilary Stanton Zunin ~

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