Heal Thyself First - Quotes About Healing
05/17/2012 | 01:06 PM
Physical and emotional pain can severely limit you, holding you back from achieving your full potential. Knowing that others have gained insight in their time of hardship can give you the strength to carry on through.
"A lot of people say they want to get out of pain, and I'm sure that's true, but they aren't willing to make healing a high priority. They aren't willing to look inside to see the source of their pain in order to deal with it."
- Lindsay Wagner
One of several healing quotes by actress and author Lindsay Wagner, this one talks about the importance of prioritizing healing. We all want to forget all about it and move on with our lives. However, to be able to completely move one, you must first face the pain. Some people will just bury the emotions, deep down, until they forget them. To get the healing that you desire, you must have complete acceptance as to what has happened and acknowledge why it has happened, even take responsibility. It may get harder before it gets easier.
"Beauty saves. Beauty heals. Beauty motivates. Beauty unites. Beauty returns us to our origins, and here lies the ultimate act of saving, of healing, of overcoming dualism."
- Matthew Fox
What best-selling author and American priest Matthew Fox is expressing in one of his healing quotes is that we must find the beauty in life. Life is often unfair. If we focus on the negative, it’s easy to feel powerless or become depressed. We all make choices, and choosing to find the beautiful is one of the most powerful gifts we give to ourselves.
"Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it."
- Tori Amos
To be able to move on with life after a terrible event, we must face and accept what has happened to us, even if it has been very painful. This journey, according to singer-song writer Tori Amos takes courage, even if we have to look deep inside ourselves to find it.
"I love sharing my story. It's endlessly healing."
- Ben Vereen
Sharing what happened, especially the painful experiences, will take the load off our mind and soul. We will feel much better when we have someone to talk to. Sharing is a means of letting go and acceptance. We will feel much better if we learn to let go of our emotions by sharing our story with others.
"I've experienced several different healing methodologies over the years - counseling, self-help seminars, and I've read a lot - but none of them will work unless you really want to heal."
- Lindsay Wagner
What Lindsay Wagner is saying here is that, no matter how many different ways we want to heal, if we are not yet ready, nothing will work. Healing will not be achieved by simply wanting it to happen. Acceptance is key, as is doing the mental work to forgive and let go.
"Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones."
- Henry David Thoreau
There is no one else responsible to what happens to ourselves than us. We cannot blame others from what happens to us. Even when bad things happen to us, we have the choice in how we want to react. We can choose our mindset, much as a painter or sculptor choses what should appear on the canvas and what the audience should see.
"There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem..."
- Emmet Fox
Choosing to love, love in the face of blindness and adversity is one of the most powerful gifts we have. When we make that choice, our own lives have fewer problems, and this mindset radiates out into the world. Forgiveness and love create openings and minimize the conflict that creates tension and strife.
"A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, or what he can do, nothing else."
- Mahatma Gandhi
What makes a man or woman human are their actions. People inspire through their actions, not through their money or wealth.
"Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away."
- Robert Fulghum
We cannot expect to have peace if we do not work hard to make it happen. To have peace with others, start with peace with yourself. Let go off all the hatred and anger you feel and let there be peace in your heart.
"If we believe that the universe is unfriendly and that our very souls are in danger, peace will be elusive at best."
- Joan Borysenko
If we look for anger and unfriendliness all around, then that is what we shall find. If we look for beauty than we shall be rewarded with possibility. By assuming the best of people, they will be more likely to want to give us their best.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
The past does not dictate who you are and what your future will be. It is how you are in the world, and how you act which is important. Stop worrying about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future. There is nothing you can do to change the past and the future is anyone’s guess. Try to focus on what is in your control – what’s inside you, your feelings, your outlook in life, friendships, family and your health. If you care for these fundamentals, then life can take care of the rest.
"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles."
- Helen Keller
We all have bad days. If you had a bad day, try to plan on how you can make tomorrow better. Challenges are simply opportunities for change. Failures are simply chances to make things better. Believe in yourself and your success and satisfaction shall be great rewards.
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