Each of us needs a sanctuary where we can forget who we are.
A quiet retreat that can help us do the private healing we need. A personal island of renewal that we can turn to for serenity and strength.
Without making space for these nourishing moments in each day or week or month, we can easily become overshadowed by the demands of survival.
I was lucky enough to have a therapist who specialized in this very practice. He taught me how to orient myself when there were no familiar landmarks, specifically through tools like hypnosis, meditation, dream interpretation and mindfulness.
And what I quickly learned was, there’s no one way to do it. There are as many personal islands of renewal as there are persons to visit them. It doesn’t matter how we do it, only that we do it.
Even if it does take time and cost money and push our schedule back a bit. Fine. It’s s small price to pay for the health of our souls.
It’s preventative medicine of the spirit.
In fact, the people closest to us are usually grateful for the degree of sanity to which we’ve been restored. They might even get inspired to settle down and find a measure of peace for themselves.
The other thing is, as time goes on, it’s also an exciting part of our journey to develop additional ways to reconnect to self. To find new and exciting tools for widening the possibilities for awakening spirit.
That’s the best part about visiting the island. We control the landscape. It evolves and matures and expands right along with us. And every bit of our healing leads us closer to the life we really want. Every experience of restoration returns us what we already possess.
And so, if we’re truly serious about participating in the active process of healing, the first step is trust.
Trust that we have a safe space and the tools necessary to begin. Trust that we are strong enough to allow time to help us heal. Trust that we can find our way back to a condition of peace. Trust that we are becoming a happier and healthier person in the process.
The time has come to let go of our resentments for our own healing and look after the essentials of personal care.
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What is the personal island of renewal that you can turn to for serenity and strength?
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