Hold your pain with the kindness of a mother holding a child. Say to yourself, “Ahh, there you are dear one. I see you. And that is why I am here.” ~ © Lisa A. McCrohan
Lisa’s blog was called Gems of Delight sharing about “Discovering the gems of everyday life”. This artwork was from an old article called Three ways to mother ourselves. She created this deeply insightful post back on May 14, 2012 and it touched a chord in me. I went looking for it to share this amazing poster and to encourage readers to visit her writings. Here are some tantalizing tidbits that helped me, as she teaches about radical acceptance:
We all have them. Parts of ourselves that we try to avoid looking at. Parts we deny are there. Parts we get furious with for being “weak” and “wanting attention.” The angry, guilty, ashamed, resentful, judgmental, rage-full, needy parts. How about the “no way in the world will I tell anyone about this” part?
As our beloved Thich Nhat Hanh says, treat them as a ‘dear one,’ as a mother holding and tending to and embracing her little one. Yes, that’s right. The parts you have been trying to push down for years, maybe decades, you embrace them and hold them like a mother holding her child. And notice how you soften. Notice how these “dreaded” and feared parts of yourself lose some of their power as you hold them with kindness and in spaciousness.
Some pain I have been healing through had me remember this poster and the article she wrote weeks ago. This talented writer has been at this for a while and her archives go way back, inviting us in for browsing. Also recommended is her website Barefoot Barn “Follow what delights your heart and you’ll inspire the world.” (Note: now LisaMcCrohan.com)