Your heart is greater than your wounds

Your heart is greater than your wounds

“You have been wounded in many ways. The more you open yourself to being healed, the more you will discover how deep your wounds are. . . . The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking them through. It is better to cry than to worry, better to feel your wounds deeply than to understand them, better to let them enter into your silence than to talk about them. The choice you face constantly is whether you are taking your hurts to your head or to your heart. In your head you can analyze them, find their causes and consequences, and coin words to speak and write about them. But no final healing is likely to come from that source. You need to let your wounds go down to your heart. Then you can live through them and discover that they will not destroy you. Your heart is greater than your wounds.” – Henri Nouwen

 

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Do not hide your wounds

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“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.” ~Brennan Manning

So many of us have been taught that our wounds are signs of weakness or defectiveness on our part, but wounds are a normal part of living. They are nothing to be ashamed of or to hide.

When we release these messages of shame that we have gotten from our culture, we create space for healing to take place and, in the process, for our own healing to spread to those around us.

This is what living a kintsugi life is all about!

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