Healing is scary.
It requires you to look at parts of yourself and your life that may have been kept quietly hidden for a lifetime now.
It urges you to be honest with yourself, to practice trusting your inner wisdom, and to show up for yourself differently than you might be used to.
It asks you to be tender; to hold yourself gracefully instead of mercilessly.
This might be unfamiliar and even impossible at times.
I know it has been for me.
Healing invites you to create new pathways in your brain, new patterns in your daily habits, and new ways of being with yourself.
This, at times, can be filled with grief.
Grief for not doing it sooner,
grief for not having someone else do it for you,
grief for all you didn’t receive,
grief for the parts of you that didn’t feel you deserved healing until now.
Because of these things, healing needs your bravery, forgiveness, willingness and your desire.
It needs your trust.
It needs your patience.
It needs your ability to choose it over and over again, even when it’s dark.
Even when you feel lost and unsure.
Healing needs you the most during those times.
Healing insists on your worth.
It declares your capacity to live differently.
It honours your innate ability to change.
It recognises your incredible, sweet, untouched goodness that life often buries.
Healing knows it’s still there, though.
Healing knows it’s for you.
And it will keep waiting for you when you loose sight of it.
I want you to honour yourself for choosing to show up in this way.
For choosing to do things differently.
For choosing to try.
For choosing to sift through what hurts in order to find what doesn’t.
For allowing yourself to come back home to your own truth.
For choosing to honour the part of you that knows healing is for you.
It’s a beautiful thing to choose to heal.
As you continue your own journey and keep unfolding the layers of what it means to be fully and wholly you, don’t forget to breathe.
To notice how far you’ve already come.
To celebrate the tiny moments.
To rejoice in the now.
To anchor yourself in all that’s possible.
To connect with those who see you.
To practice seeing yourself.
There are few who have courage enough to own their past, or resolution enough to mend it.
I’m proud of you.
With so much love,
Consider how you can take your healing process one step at a time. Rushing to rebuild won’t make you heal any faster.
Words inspired by Lisa Olivera.