by Refuge intern, Angela Davenport
Drum sounds arise on the air,
And with them, my heart.
A voice inside the beat says,
I know you are tired,
This is the way.
You may feel like shattered glass. You may feel so far in the depths of despair that you may never get out. You may feel so lost that there is no turning back. But what if I told you that your “brokenness” is also your sanctuary? Your healing place, your redeeming place, and your loving place. The place that may hold you down is also the place that will lift you up.
Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open, states that in times of difficulty, we should break open instead of breaking down. In this I am taking it to mean that we can break open with understanding, faith, and vulnerability. Instead of waving our white flag to surrender to our hardships, we in fact should break open to explore, reflect, and be open to new possibilities outside of our already preconceived understandings.
The way can grow dim, the path can grow cold, and we may feel alone. But we do have our inner voice. The inner voice that says, “But come. This is the way.” Our persevering voice keeps us going, keeps us wiser than before, it keeps us open to the new understandings, and opens us to passion, purpose, hope, humor, love, and friendship.
If you are ready to look into what is holding you down, counselors at The Refuge Center for Counseling can help you turn your “broken place” into your healing place. We are ready to help you overcome fears, traumas, spiritual conflicts, grief, and other aspects that could be contributing to your well-being. We are ready to help you find solace in your hardships. Listen to your inner voice and seek peace within.
For more information please visit us at www.therefugecenter.org or call us at 615.591.5262
Reference: Broken Open: How difficult times can help us grow. Elizabeth Lesser