I want to make one thing clear: healing is not about going from physically unhealthy to physically healthy. That’s one thing I’ve learned after living with a chronic illness diagnosis for 8 of my 22 years of life.
Until recently – around the time I wrote my Confessions of a Health Perfectionist post – I believed I failed at this thing called healing. After all, I had made immense progress in restoring my health through nutrition, but I still was challenged with some lingering symptoms. And then, as Chicken-Soupy-For-The-Soul as it sounds, I experienced the epiphany that healing is not a destination. Healing is an ongoing transformation.
So I’ve been sitting with the question, “How would I describe the big picture of healing from an illness? What would have been encouraging, truthful, and nurturing to hear when I was first diagnosed with my disease?”
I was inspired by Liz Wolf’s Good Nutrition in 100 Words to write a definition of healing in so many words.
These 100 words describe my view of healing
The sustained dance of true healing means negotiating self-compassion and self-endurance. Gather conviction in the face of uncertainty – know that courage feels like fear, and the strength of your body fails to reflect the strength of your spirit. When positive change appears daunting, channel your soul’s tenacity to patiently and persistently abide in the moment. Ardently express lavish gratitude to your body: unconditional love nurtures the healing journey. Converse gently with the Inner Critic, quieting the accusatory chatter with understanding compassion. Adamantly reject the enticing fantasy of perfection – perfectionism antagonizes transformation and obscures the clarity of your intuition.
Have you grappled with these aspects of healing on your journey?