Friday, January 25, 2013
I've learned this lesson before. Or I thought so. Last year - when I wanted to pull away from hard, pull away from the difficulty of this journey, pull away from the thought of doing this for the rest of my life, when I didn't know if I wanted to go on - and the two words "embrace it" were a surgical knife in the cascade of information and advice that flowed across my path.
And embrace it I did – life changing!
But once again, I find myself coming full circle with words that cut like a knife: "leaning into sharp points." I've once again drawn away from embracing the journey.
The book has nothing to do with weight loss or healthy living. It is a book for caregivers. But this concept so gripped me again. We pull away from the things that are painful.
“Tibetans say that, to get over the things you fear most – the sharp points of your life – bring them closer instead of pushing them away . . . Bringing the sharp points in life closer (is) an opportunity for healing. . . our greatest fears are like dragons guarding our hearts . . . Personal growth doesn’t seem to occur when life is pleasant.”
Stan Goldberg, PhD, Leaning into Sharp Points: practical guidance and nurturing support for caregivers (California: New World Library, 2012), 4
I face the challenge once again of embracing hard, leaning into the sharp point of the season of pain on this journey.
Will you lean into it with me?
p.s. And by the way, I do highly recommend the book if you are a caregiver.