“Ripping the Bandage” treatment centers

If you find yourself in environments that understand the process of healing as, “ripping the bandage off“, you need to rethink your placement. If wounds are continually reopened through the processes of said, “healing“, then you are in the wrong place. Wounds heal with intentional care and gentleness, emotional processes are equally aligned with that fact of our physicality. The ignorance associated with mental health processes of yesteryear unfortunately still continue today, particularly in places where people draw from their own limited understandings. The process of healing in the hands of those who have no understanding of humanity is a grievous ill to our society.

Everyone has hurts that need to be healed, my challenge today is to consider how your wound is being addressed. Are you constantly revisiting the wound? Why is that? Places that contribute to true healing focus on the mending. Bludgeoning a wound is not part of that mending process. Seek places that understand what it means to lovingly close a wound and restore a person to health, that is extremely important to the process.

Brokenness is a relative term, be very careful about whom it is that you allow to define your wounds. Wounds are that which are debilitating to your existence. Those hurdles that keep you from experiencing the joy of truly relating to others or functioning in daily life with some successful capability. Individual awareness about what is disruptive to you, as a person, is the starting point for the discussion and the need. Take the time to consider the wound to be addressed and with whom, the intentionality will be a vital component on the road to recovery.

Caught or Taught?

The reality is that what we become is often more caught than taught. Most of life is lived in a subconscious mode. The cognitive processes only surface when there is an actual awareness of some type of learning. I can’t necessarily define this as a deficiency, just a factual reality of our human experience. Intentionality is best obtained through those seasons of actual awareness. Living in an awakened state is determinative for the direction and purpose of each and every generation.

Abstract learning techniques are implemented throughout life in various forms for various instructional purposes but the most true form of learning only happens through those processes that awakens us to a reality in a personal sense. The particular realizations of this sort are the best groundwork for personal growth or redirection. The starts and stops of any progressive living become more clearly ingrained as a result of personal experience. Exploration is part of the process of development and the beneficial wisdom obtained from that exploration is that which can and will be implemented in a futuristic way.

Impartation of such knowledge, can help to awaken the understandings of those who are yet to trek those pathways. However, it is important to say that, in those seasons, comprehension may or may not happen but the gleanings and impartations are not to be defined or categorized as wasted time.

“I want the very best for you” versus “I won’t hurt you”

The difference between, “I want the very best for you” and “I won’t hurt you” is the difference between a relationship of thriving and a relationship of surviving. The subtlety of the message contained within those two thoughts is life altering. No one wants to be in a relationship where they perceive, even for a moment, that someone is going to hurt them. That is living in an uncertainty that wears on the mind, body and emotions.

The comfort and rest associated with a true understanding that a person wants the very best for you means they are living in a positive mindset, not from the defensive position. A defensive person is an unstable and erratic individual. They are constantly thinking about how to land the first punch because they believe the worst of themselves and in that belief they begin to define others. What a person believes internally, in their own understanding, is what they project. The calm associated with truly experiencing love is mind boggling particularly to a person that has only known self defense. Real love, without a sense of harm, be it emotional or physical, is unfathomable to a defensive and wounded person. Take some time today to think about the subtlety contained in the slightest difference of terminology. Those differences, without thought, are almost unrecognizable; yet, the effect of such an understanding is experienced by so many on a regular basis. Clearly comprehending our motivational intent is completely centering and necessary for any relationship building process.

Rescue

Have you ever been in a circumstance where you feel totally helpless, being without the assistance of another and loathing the absence therein? Being able to make and maintain eye contact in such instances feels paramount to life. Knowing there is someone that is for you, in those situations, means more than anyone can ever express. To think that all is gone, without hope, is the most terrifying scenario imaginable. It is mentally, emotionally and physically excruciating to helplessly observe as your existence fades away.

To understand that there are people in the world with a mindset determined to intervene is unfathomable. A person giving and risking their life to affirm the safety of another is unmistakably the most heroic attribute anyone could every embody. Being seen, in the midst of a crisis, describes the very essence of the world “elation” and knowing that you are valued, in just such a way, is without question, a most heart warming experience.

What we value internally determines what happens in those instances and honestly, in some capacity, every person has those heroic opportunities afforded to them everyday. Being the recipient of such bravery definitely infuses the desire to not only see but act, especially when those instances occur elsewhere. In the past year, I have entered into a process of personal healing and have been able to do so with individuals of heroic proportion alongside. Every act of good will and courage builds on the foundation of our character and who we are at the center of our being inevitably surfaces in those circumstances of crisis. Heroism and the beauty of such cannot be contained. As I recollect on my experience, I feel blessed by those who have not only observed but responded to my need. Today, my gratefulness abounds.

Those magic moments

Today I’m thinking of those moments in time that hold some sort of magical remembrances. Those times that can’t be bought or sold. Those unexpected instances where every sense is awakened to the wonder of being alive. Have you ever had those moments? Have you been cognizant of those moments? There is a difference. Magical moments exist, whether it be in a dramatic skyline, an enthralling song, an instance of overwhelming joy embodied by being with the perfect people, in a perfect place, for one perfect moment. Those moments that are so rare but true. I would guess that most everyone can relate. A little snapshot of heaven on earth captured through circumstances that cannot be conjured.

I’ve had those experiences and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I cannot say that those moments happen often but I think that is why they are so cherished. It’s like every part of humanity aligns for just a brief instance and I have the joy of feeling with totality and the rarity of that is the treasure.

In retrospect, I ask myself, “what was that?” And often I hear a hushed internal voice reply, “a gift“. I breathe in what I can’t otherwise understand and add to my thankful heart.

Futuristic Thinking

This morning I find my heart a bit heavy. I’m thinking of those who look out into their future and see nothing but a bleak emptiness of sorts. Those who feel cast aside and are replaying the events of life with regret. Listening to the “I wish I had” statements are sobering in light of the “what is” and finding the right words sometimes does not come easily.

One of the most devastating behaviors in life is that of procrastination. It’s not a necessity at the moment so, I’ll just wait until it is. That sort of thinking leaves individuals listlessly scrambling for answers at a time when mentally, emotionally and physically the capacity is absent. What you do today defines your future tomorrow. If you think or expect that your circumstances are going to change and are basing your future on a hope that may or may not exist then you are not living in reality. Do not hear my words as scolding but as an encouragement to consider the road ahead. What can you do today to make your existence better in the future? I know there are people who frantically start grabbing and clinging and joining as a means of survival but I’m trying to avert that by encourage a thought process of responsibility, even before the season arrives.

Being deliberate and setting aside time to think about what you can do, practically, is beneficial. Resources are vast and often more accessible than many can comprehend. Dependency on family and friends is usually the thought process but we have to remember that everyone has responsibilities in life and that ultimately we, as adults, must take the lead in our own future. If family and friends are available and willing to assist, that is a significant blessing but cannot be our ultimate expectation. Are there certain people and places called to assist those in need? Without a doubt, this is a factual statement, there are people particularly gifted to do so. However, it is important to begin to explore these options for safe, loving community and services even before the need arises. Relating is best established through a seasonal duration, it provides a viable opportunity to establish trust. Scrambling inevitably leads to unwanted vulnerabilities and if that scenario can be avoided upfront through meaningful, relational inquiries, why not? We never know what a day brings and even in the most bleak circumstances, hope can shine through, but there can be no inevitable expectation of such. No matter your age, look at your life in reality. Think about the future and consider what it is, at the present moment, that you can feasibly do about your quality of life, for the duration of your life.

Is it beginning to save money? Even the slightest savings can begin to add up. Is it building meaningful and real community? Our emotional, mental and physical health depend upon those interactions. Is it valuing your body? What we do with our physicality will be an additive or a detriment to our existence, especially in later life. All of these thoughts are worth consideration. We are mind, body and spirit and every component needs to be assessed at intervals along the pathway of life.

If you have fallen behind in the responsibility factor, don’t be disheartened to the point of giving up, start where you are. Explore your community with intention, not to exploit or pillage but to determine who it is that has the heart that aligns with your need both for today and for the future. That is the approach that gives way to the most responsible and satisfying relational existence.

Can we be friends?

What does that statement do for you emotionally? My guess is, if you are like me, it creates a sense of internal angst or awkwardness. Becoming friends is usually very different than asking to be friends. There is an oddity in the later that most consider unnatural. However, today I want to face this notion with some measured thinking. To actually state what we want is to operate from the standpoint of vulnerability and that is an uncomfortable placement for most everyone. We love the euphoria that comes from the magical, if it isn’t magical then it isn’t worth having. I believe this notion is derived from our media saturated mindset. Don’t get me wrong, I like everyone else, love to have those “meant to be” moments, but in all reality, we need to balance the big screen with the actual commonalities of living.

Asking for what we need is an act of courage and to think that we would feel shame or embarrassment in the attempt, just increases the need for bravery. Feeling like we are going to be rejected keeps many of us frozen in our immobile state. Stated intentions, surprisingly enough, are very helpful in regard to relational comfort. Having an unsettled, uneasiness about what someone really wants IS awkward. The clarification is courageous because it lays the foundation for a decision. Otherwise, there is a prolonged, undefined relatability that feels fleeting or fragile or without substance and that idealism doesn’t encourage any real investment from anyone. The nebulous is awkward.

Stated intention is not equivalent to social awkwardness, we need to readjust our mindset in that regard. The magical idea of “wanting it to happen” is enticing, for a while, but when there are no words, that idea can easily go away as quickly as it appeared and no one wants to give themselves fully to that which has no sense of commitment. I am sure that there are numerous individuals who have taken the momentary offerings, absent of words, only to be hurt by the fact that there was nothing more to undergird but a hollow interaction. I’ve had those instances, risking with hope of substance to find that it was nothing more than an moment of fun with no real lasting intention. We become accustomed to relating this way because no one states their intention, stated intentions are binding, even for short term interactions, and our need to avoid discussions of acceptance or rejection (conflict avoidance) is so important that those risks are never taken or assumed. In affect, we all go about life wondering if there are friends to be had. I’ve often heard the statement, “If you have one good friend, you are blessed“, I believe that statement is based on the scenario described above. It is rare to meet someone who is vulnerable and wants to responsibly interact with loving respect and intention. I’m not shaming, literally the demands of life dictate what a person is capable of relationally contributing. Most individuals are engaged in family first, which is a notion that is completely understandable, but the voids are felt none the less.

The seasons where I connected most were in circumstances of necessity. Do I want to return to those seasons? Not particularly but I did learn a good bit through the process. I built relationships that lasted for a significant season based on an undeniable need. Crisis brought us to the same place, at the same time and no one was too pious to claim they did not need the support of the other. The so-called, “Fox hole” moments of our existence have an unusual way of bonding and those ties are not easily broken. Just ask veterans who have been through instances of distress, the value and appreciation they have for those who huddled with them throughout the storm is immeasurable. It’s sad that those are often the circumstances which create the most meaningful and lasting relational unions but honestly, no one takes the time otherwise. Relational interactions aren’t prioritized or considered that important. If anyone really took the time to stop and consider what is missing, I am convinced that most are oblivious to their lack. The joy that accompanies real relating is an irreplaceable component of life. C.S. Lewis said, “we settle for making mud pies in a slum because we cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.

Friendships of value are hard to come by and the necessity of such is not really optional, we just live within the void of unawareness. The absence is deadening to both the spirit and the soul. Therefore, in my estimation, the courage to intentionally invest is a component of our health and to ignore our need to belong is disheartening. Be courageous in your relationships, even when it hurts, you won’t regret the attempt.