Perhaps the highest aspiration one can have is to find peace in this life. Peace is the difference between happiness and contentment. Happiness is what we feels in moments of joy—when we land the dream job, when our friend makes us burst out in laughter, when we hold a brand new baby—contentment is a feeling of being at peace. It's about accepting what is without judgement. When we are broken open by disappointment, illness, grief, or trauma we lose our feeling of peace. In fact, some of us never had peace to begin with. The art of healing becomes the art of finding peaceful stillness. Everything else will follow.
Today's words by Phyllis McGinley, author of Times Three: Selected Verses from Three Decades.
Healing Words is an ongoing series with the intention of once a day shifting focus away from suffering and onto healing. Healing is a daily practice of listening to your inner voice and turning pain into purpose.
Please feel free to share words that have helped you heal or your thoughts on these healing words.
I'm Kerry (She/Her/Hers) and I am a licensed therapist, group facilitator, poet, writer, & speaker. This is a place to acknowledge and validate our suffering and trauma, while also learning how to turn toward aliveness and spaciousness.