It is human nature to want to fix things, to find a solution, to tie it up in a bow and move on. Whether we’re on a journey of physical or mental health issues or both, healing can seem like that carrot at the end of the stick that we can never reach.
Rather counterintuitively, mindfulness practices help us get in touch with and explore our discomfort, taking an active role in meeting ourselves where we are rather than getting lost in distraction and wanting something else. True healing might be expressed as fully experiencing your disappointment, shame, anger, loss, and fear, then welcoming the power and clarity of knowing it is okay to be exactly as you are.
In mindful presence,
When we can actually be where we are, not trying to find another state of mind, we discover deep internal resources we can make use of. Coming to terms with things as they are is my definition of healing. It’s very healing to realize, if only for a moment here and a moment there, that you can be in a wiser relationship with your interior experience than just being driven by liking it or hating it.
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yoga, Reiki, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.