Expressive Pics | Heal

A few days ago, I read a chapter from Morgan Harper Nichols’ latest book Peace Is a Practice. I bought the book thinking it would be filled with her soulful words and art, but though the art is minimal in this book, her words still strike a chord. While absolutely out of my mind and having difficulty starting the day, I read through “Healing.” In the chapter, she shares her struggle with the word “heal” and [among other things] encourages readers to walk slowly and not rush through their healing.

I am worthy
of the time it takes
to do the things
that heal my heart. –Morgan Harper Nichols

When I encountered Nichols’ words, I had been thinking about how we are expected to rush through our grief. Although we might recognize our need to take time to process and study the contours of our grief, the demands of life don’t always allow time for it. Sometimes people acknowledge and express sympathy over the hard loss, but they don’t make room for the heavy weight of our grief. They expect us to be okay immediately because it benefits them for us to be so.

If you are grieving in any way, think about what benefits you. Not in a selfish way, but in a healing way. Draw boundaries and make room for your grief. Do all the things that help you heal and take all the time you need to heal.

10 thoughts on “Expressive Pics | Heal

    • Chandra Lynn says:

      With the “nation opening up” it’s hard to use COVID as a barrier, especially here in some parts of the South. Masks are off and folk are gathering. Sigh… You’lll enjoy MHN!

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  1. Sheila Marie Delgado says:

    Yes, yes, and yes. I am so grateful I met you, found your blog, and that you share such meaningful posts with us. If not your heartfelt words, the wise, educational, or inspirational words of others. Thank you for this. Hugging you in my heart. xoxo

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  2. Janet from FL says:

    Any kind of healing takes time. Even when you think you have healed, something brings it up again years later. Memories are stored in our bodies, not just our thoughts. Sometimes a touch can bring up a flood of tears. Maybe I can even say, it takes a lifetime to heal from trauma — cancer, death of a close loved one, long-term Covid …

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