“Healing depends on listening with the inner ear – stopping the incessant blather, and listening. Fear keeps us chattering – fear that wells up from the past, fear of blurting out what we really fear, fear of future repercussions. It is our very fear of the future that distorts the now that could lead to a different future if we dared to be whole in the present.” –Marion Woodman
Many patients describe feeling like they are assaulted by an incessant inner dialogue, which they attempt to drown out with constant outer noise. They report feeling uneasy in silence and stillness, and fearing that unacceptable or overwhelming feelings will surface when we dare to be whole in the present. Their body is here, but their mind is there, and they never really get a sense of how it feels to have their mind and body in the same place at the same time.
Are there ways in which your now is distorted by your fear of the future or your regrets from the past? Can you slow down the “incessant blather” and listen with “the inner ear”? Do you dare to have a different future?