I have always found clarity and strength in words. As a writer, I’m drawn to the way I can craft my own words into something powerful, meaningful. And when I absorb the words of others, it’s like their spirits are speaking to mine.
There’s peace found when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and share what’s on our hearts.
I don’t know what you’re feeling right now, or how the events, as of late, are impacting you, but here are quotes to help you heal. I hope they give you clarity, empowerment, and guidance through these difficult times.
Remember Your Power:
“Through me course wide rivers and in me rise tall mountains. And beyond the thickets of my agitation and confusion there stretch the wide plains of my peace and surrender. All landscapes are within me. And there is room for everything.”
— Etty Hillesum
“You have power over your mind not outside events, realize this and you will find strength.”
— Marcus Aurelius
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.”
— Thomas Merton
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
— Khalil Gibran
Slow Yourself Down:
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest taken between two deep breaths.”
— Etty Hillesum
“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”
— Virginia Woolf
“If we surrendered to Earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
“Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.”
Lean Into Your Fear:
“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
— Arthur Somers Roche
“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person or that person, this challenge, this deed. Quit the evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in right now. You are not some disinterested bystander. Participate. Exert yourself.”
“Help me to be less fearful of the measure of time, and more fully alive in the time, not just simply use it; to breathe it in, and return it in acts of love and presence.”
— Avis Crowe
“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”
— Judy Blume
“Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.”
— Napoleon Hill
Shift Your Perspective:
“There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.”
— Ryan Holiday
“It is when we are confronted with…poignant reminders of mortality that we become most aware of the strangeness and wonder of our brief life on Earth.”
— Kathleen Basford
“Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.”
— William Saroyan
Other Quotes to Help You Heal:
If you’re feeling exhausted, please give yourself permission to slow down and rest. Remember that you don’t have to carry everything, even if it feels like you do. Please also remember that you’re not the only one facing this right now. You have community. You’re not alone.
Over the years, I’ve written many notes on healing. You can find them here or on my social media pages. Feel free to comment or share other quotes to help you heal. Above all else, we are in this together. There are people facing and fighting different battles, but what remains is our humanity. And our hope.
The more we share our words, the more we spread hope.
Featured Image Credit: Jonathan Borba