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Definition of Healing

Definition of Healing: The process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.

August 9, 2017

I recently visited Maui with good friends I hadn’t seen or spent time with in a long time. We have all known each other for many many years and when we re-group it’s like we never left each other.

Over these many years, we have always provided a source of healing for each other through all kinds of grief and loss: loss of a family member, a family pet, a relationship. In this case, a good friend was still working through the recent loss of her father. It reminded me of the loss of my father almost 14 years ago. The first few years the loss was heavy, but in more recent years the loss has felt lighter and I get more of a supernatural sense that my father is always with me. I see qualities in my father in my children, in my siblings, in something that a good friend may say that reminds me of him and then, of course, in myself. Occasionally, when I look at myself in the mirror, I’ll get a glimpse of my Dad, because I would not be who I am if it weren’t for him. I guess this healing, this process of becoming sound again has taken me years. I am now grateful in that I accept the loss of his physical presence in my life as well as accept the endless life of him in everything and everyone around me. I shared this with my friend who’s father passed just a year ago and I believe it gave her hope that the healing will feel better with time.

Years ago, after he passed, my family prayed the Rosary for 30 days. It’s a practice that my family has done for as long as I can remember. This meditative group prayer ritual has helped my family through grief and loss over many years and passings. That’s probably why the repetitive nature of Yoga and meditation suits me so well. It’s time either by yourself or in a group to sit still, meditate and focus on an intention at the beginning and end of the meditative exercise.

So if you find yourself in a time where you need to heal, whether it be a physical injury or an emotional one, know that your process for becoming sound and healthy again will take some time, but it WILL come and you will heal.

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