May light find you today
in this broken and beautiful
- Trent Gillis
The paradox of life is that it is both beautiful and broken. This is true of both our inner worlds and the outer world. Can we hold that both are true as we go through our lives? Can we let go of our need for things to be black or white, good or bad, dark or light and live in the confusing messiness of it all being true? Can we give up trying to control everything?
Karl Jung called this "holding the tension of the opposites." It means becoming comfortable with seeming contradictions such as our heart breaking and at the same time feeling great love. Or seeing the unimaginable horror and also the breathtaking beauty of the world ( external and internal).
Sometimes life can feel heavy or too difficult to navigate, full of suffering and pain. And yet at the same time there is always beauty, connection, and wonder available in a smile from a stranger, the tiniest flower, the wispiest of clouds, even in the weed pushing up through a crack in the concrete.
So today, may light touch your heart in the midst of grief, fear and anxiety, and also in the midst of love, connection and joy. May feeling and accepting the world's ( and your own) many and serious imperfections not take away your ability to feel the beauty that always exists as well.
If you would like help navigating this beautiful and broken world
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Peggy Handler, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco's Noe Valley