“When you feel yourself breaking down, may you break open instead. May every experience in life be a door that opens your heart, expands your understanding, and leads you to freedom.” ~Elizabeth Lesser
We can’t control the things in life that leave us feeling bruised and broken, but we can control how we respond to them. We can choose to let them break us down into smaller versions of ourselves, or we can choose to let them break us open to more expansive versions.
“Things falling apart is also a kind of healing.” ~Pema Chödrön
Sometimes, like with this hole in the Berlin Wall, things that fall apart are actually openings to free us from the constraints that we’ve build around ourselves. Although it may not feel like healing at first, time may well show how each falling apart was actually a form of healing that isn’t visible until we can see it in the distance of hindsight.
Where can you see glimpses of healing in the things that have fallen apart in your past?
“Wholeness does not mean perfection – it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” ~Parker J Palmer
How do you treat the broken places in your life? Have you tried embracing them as a integral part of life? It is possible to embrace them even while working toward healing. That’s the way to wholeness.