Love this thought from Parker Palmer’s A Hidden Wholeness. It goes on to say: “Just like a wild animal, [the soul] seeks safety in the dense underbrush. If we want to see a wild animal, we know that the last thing we should do is go crashing through the woods yelling for it to come out. But if we will walk quietly into the woods, sit patiently by the base of the tree, and fade into our surroundings, the wild animal we seek might put in an appearance.”
Waiting chooses stillness instead of busyness, acceptance instead of avoidance, uncertainty instead of control. Waiting puts us in touch with our longings and disappointments, and creates space for healing. Waiting is not the same as doing nothing. It is essentially giving up control of the transformational process and trusting that growth will happen in the stillness.
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No matter how responsible, independent, or strong we have learned to become, we are inwardly still children, vulnerable and in need of love. How can you begin to nurture your inner child today?
Poet, Mary Oliver, challenges us here to be kind and gentle to all vulnerable things, including our own soft and fragile hearts. Can you begin to see yourself as a “soft thing” in need of kindness on your courageous journey?
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Growth is painful. Most of us end up confused, ashamed, and wounded even as we hope for beauty and healing. How can we begin to lean in to the imperfect process of growth with self-compassion and gentleness?