Find Places of Healing. Discover people, things, and places that nourish your soul, bring you back to center, help you heal. Life is not an endurance contest. Not anymore. We are not in a race to see how long we can go without, how much we can go without, how much pain we can stay in. Although sometimes we go through dry spells and droughts, we are not cactuses. There is a place in each of us that wants to heal, that can heal, that will heal. (M.Beattie in “The Language of Recovery”, Blue Mountain Press, 2000)

Melody Beattie who is a recovering addict and recovering co-dependent wrote this prose along with many books on these subjects. I believe her messages of hope and boundaries for suffering are vital for all of us who struggle on the pathway of life.

Centuries ago Hippocrates claimed that “each of us has a natural healing force within us”, which is our greatest force for getting well and working through our difficulties.

If we combine our “natural healing force” within ourselves with a one-step-at-a-time guidance, we can, I believe, climb our mountain and see the stars above. There is no greater medicine than hope, even if we proceed 3- steps-forward and two-steps-backward each time we attempt to move forward. Recovery from whatever problem is sometimes a long road, but possible and do-able when we have hope, so take heart and have faith that we don’t have to stay as Melody Beattie describes it in the “cactus” state.

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