Ruminating over the luminous interview of healer, physician, visionary Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen on the podcast On Being, I am reminded again of the profound value of our wounds. The very wounds that make us feel vulnerable are the same ones that can be of priceless service to others, to the universe. https://onbeing.org
Dr. Remen sagely explains: “…It’s not about healing the world by making a huge difference. It’s about healing the world that touches you, that’s around you…what if we were exactly what’s needed? What then? How would I live if I was exactly what’s needed to heal the world?” She goes on to note that so often we ask “how can I make a difference when I’m so wounded, myself? How can I make a difference when I feel so not-enough?” But it’s our very wounds that enable us to make a difference. We are the right people, just as we are. For example, my own wounds, my own sufferings, have enabled me to feel compassion for the sufferings of others.…” May your wounds heal…in you, in others….
“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.“~ L.R. Knost
A friend told me that this quotation in my post the other day reminded her of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, the practice of joining fragments of shattered pottery with precious metals that not only salvages the piece, but also enhances it. She sent me a lovely article which explains that because pottery breaks so randomly, each item’s gleaming cracks are unique, as is each rejuvenated object.
The author wisely encourages us to follow this practice with ourselves and our “cracks,” learning from and highlighting them. They heighten how each one of us is unique with our own inimitable treasures to share…
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