Healing: A Long Journey

Of all the journeys I have been on, healing is a long journey and I am still travelling. It is a journey that often begins in the depths of despair, where pain and suffering seem insurmountable. I feel like a tourist for all the places I have called home, all the places I have visited and where I have stayed for a while, I have left a piece of me.

This reminds me of Kahlil Gibran’s timeless masterpiece “The profit”, where he writes: “The deeper the pain in your being, the more joy you can contain.” His profound words of wisdom speak to the paradox of healing: that from our deepest pain can emerge our greatest strength. It is by facing our wounds, accepting our vulnerabilities, and finding meaning in our suffering that we discover the resilience of the human spirit. I discovered my ability to endure pain and learned not to lean on things that are not for me.

Healing requires perseverance

Healing is not a linear journey; It is a series of peaks and valleys, of setbacks and advances. It requires patience and perseverance, as well as a willingness to confront the shadows of the past. As Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, wrote: “The wound is the place where light enters you..” It may sound cliché when we hear or read things, but when we experience things and then read them, we feel the depth of the words. In our brokenness we find the seeds of our transformation, the potential for renewal and growth.

One of the most powerful examples of healing can be found in the history of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for women’s education and the youngest Nobel Prize winner. Listening to her on YouTube, after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban at the age of 15, Malala emerged from the darkness with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. Despite the trauma she suffered, she refused to be silenced and used her voice to advocate for girls’ education around the world. Thanks to her resilience and courage, Malala has become a beacon of hope and inspiration to millions of people.

In the words of poet Nayyirah Waheed, “And I said to my body softly, ‘I want to be your friend.’ He took a deep breath and replied, ‘I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.’” The body stores trauma and healing begins with self-compassion, with kindness and understanding towards ourselves in our moments of greatest need. It’s about accepting our imperfections, honoring our scars, and recognizing the beauty in our brokenness.

Let us be kind to ourselves and to others, knowing that healing is not a destiny but a way of being. Create your own space, your rhythm of life, sometimes it is in the act of creation, of expression, that we find our greatest source of healing.

I am participating in #BlogchatterA2Z 2024 and I will write an informative post almost every day for you. 🙂 Keep reading!

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