10 steps towards healing

We get hurt in life constantly and we repair our being as we go along.

Healing comes in many shapes and forms and through a large variety of channels. 

Healing is in fact right there, within us, in front of us, around us… all we need is to allow our senses to connect with it.

1. Art

Art is a free and very powerful avenue for healing. Immersion in arts connects us with our senses in ways that no other activity can replicate, and art is in everything.

Music, dance and other forms of performing art expression like movies, theater, opera, ballet are all amazing instruments of education but, also avenues for inner healing.

Listening to music that resonates within us allows our hearing to open its doors to the beautiful message of the melody and lyrics which helps us make sense of our experiences, reach understanding, forgiveness and move on with our lives.

Dancing, painting, sculpting, crafting, drawing, etc. they all allow us express ourselves by touching the others and the nature around us and through that  exchange of energy recharge our souls with beauty, love and hope.

Art is in fact everywhere, in the architecture of the buildings surrounding us, in the fashion of the clothing we wear, in the interior design of our homes, offices and institutions we visit, etc., and they all stimulate our senses and soothe us inside.

2. Prayer

Prayer is also very helpful in both times of peace and hardship. Religious, spiritual or none of them, when we pray we open ourselves to the possibilities of change, to patience and hope .

Based on my experience and the experience of the people I’ve worked with, prayer breaks through arrogance and righteousness and opens ourselves to humility. This closes the door to greed and envy and teaches us to balance the expectations and disappointments in life.

3. Meditation

Meditation in all of its forms is also highly therapeutic and allows us to access our consciousness outside our punishing thinking which we sometimes identify with. When we manage to stop the constant flow of thinking and we free ourselves from the prison of our minds, we allow ourselves to reach awareness of all of the other parts of us, also openness towards the others and the world around us.

4. Humor

Humor is essential for our wellbeing. Our lives would be too stern if we would take everything too serious and would not create space and time for fun, play and laughter. Watching comedies, stand up shows, reading funny prose and poetry or following cartoons are amazing routes to de-stress and chill out. 

5. Eating & Drinking

Eating and drinking are more than trivial habits based on primal survival instincts. Through taste we connect ourselves with our body and nourish each of our organs right to the cellular level.

6. Body therapies

Body therapies in all forms, from a bath or a shower, to massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, Reiki, etc., are really helpful, too. Physical exercise, be it walking, running, gym activities, and other sports like cycling, skating, rowing, they all act as a massive source of vitality and health.

7. Love & Sex

Love is an amazing vehicle towards healing also. Love is about giving and receiving, also about forgiveness and compassion. Through love we learn about kindness and empathy and we exchange them with the world around us in a completely healing experience.

Sexual activities have also strong therapeutic benefits. They release tension, instill a sense of belongingness and validation and make us feel confident and grounded. 

Interestingly, what all of the above healing avenues have in common, whether they appeal the hearing, taste, sight, smell and tactile sense, they are all means to stop our wondering minds and this way reset temporarily our functioning system. This allows us to carry on living, preserve a sense of wellbeing and not grow utterly insane.

8. Sleep

When none of these have managed to heal the upset and distress from the day, luckily we have the sleep, one of the most important tools available to us humans to reset our tense and hyperactive minds.

9. Nature

Lately, more and more people are becoming aware that living in large and agglomerated cities can be increasingly stressful and tiring. Taking the time to go out in the nature can lead to many benefits. It can help us bring health and vitality into our bodies, it can connect us with our spiritual side and it allows our minds to slow down the automatic fast processing.

10. Talking therapies

Lastly, we have a large number of talking therapies available to heal the hurt that has gotten deep down to the core of our being and cannot be repaired through any of the little distractions we use in life.

These therapies work with us in all aspects of our being, considering our roots and early life experience, the education in the family and school, the environment around us and the choices we made and are willing to make to welcome inner change and a more tranquil existence.

Healing is indeed right there in front of us. All we need is to love and respect ourselves enough to want to heal the hurt within and preserve our precious wellbeing.

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