"Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy." —Pema Chodron
Sabine left this quote for me in comments a week or so ago, and it really resonated. She also said the body is always, at every moment, trying to heal itself. That gifted me with a whole new way of understanding my own body, which I began to see as lovingly trying to take care of me. And even though I respect what another friend recently said—that if anyone told her to read Pema during her hard time she would "cut a bitch"—I'm putting this quote here, to remind myself that things are always falling apart and always healing, and every emotion that attends the cycle, which is simply life, we need to welcome in, and then gently usher on.
Photo: Doctor's Cave Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica