The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes. ~ Barbara Kingsolver
A favorite author, Barbara Kingsolver, is spot on with this statement as she so often is in her books as well. We are our injuries . . . powerful to think about and perhaps a crumb of fear seeps in when you read these words. It does for me most definitely! Hard to conceive that we would injure our own self, and yet I believe we do. We do so in many ways, just one of which is not being true with our words, not sitting in our authentic self. We all too often say and do what we think others want to hear; we are caught up in the pleasing of others. In this cyclical existence, we neglect self. Without nourishment of self, we are our injuries.
Instead of manifesting injury to ourselves, we might choose to take this time to grow and heal therefore leading to more balance. When we feel pain, it is often a demand that you make time for change. Pain is as Kingsolver says, “our own injury” and often times it is related to how we perceive incidents. We each make a choice about how we feel, although to our ego minds it often seems controlled by other people and events. We can alter our perceptions, and restore our balance by choosing peace of mind. Take a deep breath, stop for a cup of tea, smile with love and compassion at someone you don’t know on the street. As Ram Dass so succinctly put it, “be here now”. Be here now and do so with your authentic self, nourishing your soul in turn nourishes the world!
Take the time to evaluate what truly brings you satisfaction and peace and let the rest go.