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Sleep Paralysis: Why Do I Have Night Terrors?

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Have you ever been caught in a grey zone, where your mind is wide awake, but your body is still fast asleep? Do you find yourself in a nightmarish reality where there’s no way out? Have you felt like you want to scream for help in your sleep but you can’t make a sound? Welcome to the reality of sleep paralysis where your night terrors get manifested!

In this article, we will answer the most common questions people ask about sleep paralysis and share with you some helpful tips on what you can do to avoid such a terrifying experience. Read on!

What Is Sleep Paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is a temporary sleep anomaly, when a person, while half-asleep, realizes that he can not move or make sounds, which provokes a panic attack.

It occurs when you pass between stages of wakefulness and sleep. It is during these transitions, that you may feel unable to move or speak. This state can last for a few seconds up to a few minutes.

During this state, you may also feel pressure or a sense of choking.

Many people have experienced this phenomenon at least once.

Why Do I Have Sleep Paralysis?

Some researchers are inclined to believe that the occurrence of sleep paralysis may be associated with the REM sleep phase when the human brain has increased activity. You can recognize it by the rapid movement of the eyeballs under the eyelids. In this phase, we dream.

During REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, your body is almost paralyzed: only vital organs work. Muscle tone is reduced by signals sent from the brain by certain neurotransmitters (gamma-aminobutyric acid and glycine).

The REM sleep phase usually lasts from 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

You go through the REM sleep phase when you are falling asleep, waking up, and during sleep. At this stage, your brain is in an active state and you can see dreams or various kinds of hallucinations.

The most terrifying thing about sleep paralysis is that it’s usually accompanied by vivid nightmares, and sometimes hallucinations (such as attacks of demonic creatures). This leads to very painful experiences and makes you feel completely powerless and trapped.

During the REM sleep phase, there is no synchronization between changes in the brain and a decrease in muscle tone, which can provoke sleep paralysis.

But why is there such a mismatch in the work of the brain and muscles? Some researchers suggest that genetics is to blame. Others suggest looking for reasons in our daily routine.

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Here are the most common causes of sleep paralysis.

#1: Sleep position

If you often sleep on your back, you may be at increased risk. Experimentally proven that sleeping on your back increases the likelihood of sleep paralysis. 50% of cases of sleep paralysis occur in this position.

#2: Brain waves

During episodes of sleep paralysis, there is a disproportionate amount of alpha waves with intermittent bursts of beta waves, especially in cases where people have reported visual hallucinations.

#3: Drugs

The use of various drugs, whether pharmaceutical, over-the-counter, or illegal, can contribute to the development of sleep paralysis. Even alcohol is considered a potential pathogen, as it can disrupt various stages of sleep.

#4: Violation of neurotransmission

Disturbed levels of neurotransmitters are thought to increase your susceptibility to sleep paralysis. In particular, GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) and glycine may be the cause.

#5: Mental illness

Those who suffer from mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia may be more likely to have sleep paralysis. These conditions are characterized by sleep disorders, fluctuations in neurotransmitters, and are often treated with strong psychiatric medications that can easily increase the likelihood of this phenomenon.

#6: Chaotic sleep schedule, its disorders and deprivation

If you work shifts or don’t have strict sleep and wake times, you may be at an increased risk of sleep paralysis. This disrupts the circadian rhythm and sleep cycle. It leads to changes in the concentration of neurotransmitters, brain wave activity, regional blood flow, etc. All these changes increase the risk.

These 6 factors are the most common causes of sleep paralysis. However, there are also other reasons that you may need to consider, such as:

  • Genetic predisposition;
  • Leg cramps;
  • Neurodegenerative diseases (dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s);
  • Stress;
  • Neurological disorders (migraines and epilepsy);
  • Mental trauma.

What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Paralysis?

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#1: Immobility

The main symptom associated with sleep paralysis is the inability to move. If you found yourself completely motionless in your sleep, you are experiencing sleep paralysis.

#2: Inability to speak

One of the most noticeable and frustrating symptoms is the inability to speak or even produce any sounds. Imagine that you are stuck in a dream or dream-like state, but you are still conscious and feeling that a demon is about to attack you. Instead of screaming for help, you can’t even move your lips and feel tortured.

#3: Semi-conscious state

Some people remain fully conscious during sleep paralysis experience and can recall the entire episode. Most people are semi-conscious, which means that they have a certain degree of awareness or “flashes” of consciousness.

#4: Chest pressure

Some people feel a strong pressure on the chest when experiencing this phenomenon. Such pressure may feel as if a pile of cargo is piled on the chest, or as if a demonic entity is pressing on the chest. This pressure may occur due to breathing difficulty during the paralysis.

#5: Shortness of breath

You may also have difficulty breathing when having sleep paralysis. It can be caused by the specific position in which you fell asleep, pressure on your chest, or as a result of panic.

#6: Fear

Sleep paralysis often leads to a panic attack. When you find yourself helpless in your dream where you can neither move nor cry for help, you feel panicked and terrified.

#7: Helplessness

This is the most common symptom. You are aware of what is happening, but there is nothing you can do about it. If in addition, you have a nightmare or hallucinations, then everything only gets worse. Which again leads to panic.

#8: Hallucinations

Many people experience auditory hallucinations (hearing voices), visual hallucinations (seeing weird things, demonic beings, etc.), and sometimes tactile hallucinations (feeling things) that are not based on reality. In rare cases, a person may even report smelling something that is not based on reality (olfactory hallucinations). Common hallucinations in cases of sleep paralysis include animals, buzzing, demons, opening doors, footsteps, pressure, and whispers.

#9: Unusual sensations

Most unusual sensations that you may have during sleep paralysis experience are considered a byproduct of REM sleep. These unusual sensations are perceived by the consciousness as “real”, although, in fact, they are the result of chaotic brain activity. Unusual sensations may include feeling as if you are moving, swimming, or pushing; strange smells or sights; feeling stuck in a dream; etc.

How To Avoid Sleep Paralysis?

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If you have ever had a terrifying sleep paralysis you definitely don’t want to experience it ever again. So, what can we do to avoid it? Here are some helpful tips!

#1: Exclude medical factors

Since the exact causes of sleep paralysis remain unknown, it is important to exclude all possible diseases that may contribute to it. These include checking for neurological conditions, working with a sleep specialist (to determine if you have a sleep disorder), checking for hormones, vitamin/micronutrient deficiencies, and others.

In addition to excluding medical indications, it may be important to exclude exposure to toxins. Regular detox cleanse can help you to minimize unpleasant sleep experiences.

If you have medical problems or have been exposed to environmental toxins, you will need to receive appropriate treatment. In many cases, treating the underlying condition will improve sleep quality.

#2: Create a proper sleep routine

If you are still experiencing sleep paralysis after you have ruled out or cured various medical problems, the next step is to adjust your sleep routine which includes:

  • Going to bed at the same time every night;
  • Wake up at the same time every morning;
  • Get approximately the same number of hours of sleep.

#3: Minimize possible sleep disturbances

Turn off phone notifications, block out outside noises and lights, and make sure your partner doesn’t roll on you in the middle of the night. If you have pets, make sure they don’t bother you in the middle of the night. Make sure that you don’t fall asleep with the TV on and avoid anything that might interfere with your sleep.

#4: Practice digital detox before bedtime

Cell phone, computer, TV, or other electronic devices before going to bed usually disrupt the quality of sleep. Try to avoid the use of electronics for 1-3 hours before bedtime.

#5: Avoid electromagnetic radiation

If you sleep near a computer, mobile phone, or Wi-Fi router, your sleep quality will be reduced. Put your cell phone in airplane mode and turn off the Wi-Fi router before going to bed.

#6: Turn off the light

Do your best to darken the room by blocking all bright light sources. Put light-blocking curtains or blinds on the windows to prevent light from entering during sleep.

#7: Increase the amount of sleep

Sleep deprivation or restriction is a factor that can increase the likelihood of developing sleep paralysis. Despite the fact that the quality of sleep should be more important than its quantity, you should sleep enough to feel mentally and physically rested after waking up.

Most experts suggest sleeping for at least 7-9 hours. However, it all depends on individual characteristics. If you are engaged in intense physical activity during the day, you may need more than 9 hours of sleep to get quality rest. Do what you think is right, but don’t skimp on the amount of sleep — this can increase the risk of sleep paralysis.

#8 Adjust your sleeping position

As we already mentioned before, in most cases, people who experience sleep paralysis sleep on their backs. So try changing your position while you sleep. Try sleeping on your side.

#9: Relax

If you are experiencing sleep paralysis, you may need to apply some relaxation techniques to solve this problem. Anxiety, trauma, and depression have been found to increase the risk of this phenomenon. Stress is known to interfere with sleep, and in some cases, the main cause of sleep paralysis may be over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system.

Daily meditation practice and breathing exercises (pranayama) will help you reduce anxiety and stress. It should significantly improve the quality and quantity of your sleep and reduce the risk of experiencing sleep paralysis.

#10: Start a sleep diary

For some people, it might be helpful to consider using a sleep diary. When you wake up, write about what you experienced during sleep paralysis. Write down how long it lasted and keep track of how well you slept. Keeping a sleep diary will help you keep track of all the factors that can contribute to sleep paralysis.

The Bottom Line

Sleep paralysis can be a terrifying experience that can make you feel panic attacks. If you have occasional sleep paralysis, you can take the above steps to control this disorder. Start by making sure you get enough sleep. Do what you can to relieve stress in your life. Try new sleeping positions if you sleep on your back. And if sleep paralysis happens again, shake it off (when you fully wake up) and realize that there is nothing to be scared of!

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Soul Exhaustion: Why Are You Always Feeling Tired?

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Did you know that feeling constantly exhausted is also a sign of a tired soul? Yes, despite having an active lifestyle, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, or getting sufficient sleep, you can feel weary. This is soul exhaustion, not body exhaustion.

How Soul Exhaustion Occurs

We all have an inner flame that drives us to do what we do every day. This drive or purpose keeps our soul alive and helps us pursue career or relationship goals to better ourselves. Still, there are times when our soul is out of alignment with this inner flame. Think of the times you feel empty, knowing something is amiss.

Typical triggers of soul exhaustion include being in a toxic relationship or undergoing a spiritual awakening.

The Symptoms

Here are the warning signs that you could be going through soul exhaustion: –

#1: Restlessness after Resting

Do you feel tired when waking up or after taking a rest? Like, when you have something bothering you, you wake up feeling restless even after oversleeping.

See, sleep helps your body recover but can never heal a tired soul. 

You may need to take a retreat, distract your mind by going out of town, or shift your focus on others for a change.

#2: Constant Urge to Escape

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Do you get lonely while hanging out with others? Or, does life lack purpose, and you look forward to the weekends to sleep through it? This dissatisfaction with your current life is due to a tired soul. And, when your soul is sick or exhausted, and nothing seems to work, you get a strong urge to escape from your current situation.

Since you want to run away from this reality, you may resign your coveted job, move towns, or end a long-term relationship with your partner for no apparent reason.

#3: Revisiting Your Past

Do you often gravitate towards your past, trying to relive your past happy moments? Think of the times you re-watched your favorite old movies, re-read books you cherished when you were a kid, or play video games that used to excite you. 

Revisiting your past happy moments feels great, but for some time. You will still need to deal with your tired soul.

#4: You Become a Loner Wolf

Soul exhaustion slowly alienates us from those we cherish. You tend to feel out of place when socializing with your peers. You go on dates or meet up with friends because you have to, not because you want to. While there, you can’t wait to go home and lock yourself away from those who know you.

And, when you get your way, you struggle with feelings of loneliness. It is a vicious cycle that results in chronic depression.

#5: Sudden Lack of Interest

If you feel that nothing interests you anymore, it could be your soul, not your body that is tired. Here, nothing you do excites you. Even the places you hang out with friends, current hobbies, or your career seem too dull for you. This lack of motivation to do even your routine chores is a top symptom of soul exhaustion.

#6: Mood Swings

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A tired soul makes you feel out of sync with your body and mind. In turn, you may feel super energetic and happy, and suddenly your emotions change into depression. These sudden mood swings can leave you crying or anti-social for no reason. It is a confusing episode since you can’t find a reasonable explanation for how you feel.

#7: Lingering Negative Thoughts

When your soul is tired, all your plans seem to crumble. You feel like a loser and become pessimistic about life. Yet, this is only a skewed view of life due to soul exhaustion. See, a positive perspective drives us to pursue the impossibilities, conquering our fears in the process. But, soul exhaustion makes us own our negative thoughts and hate ourselves.

#8: Chronic Anxiety

Soul exhaustion disturbs our inner peace, resulting in panic attacks now and then. The lingering panic attacks lead to chronic anxiety and depression.

#9: Fear of the Future

We know that the future is uncertain for everyone. In turn, we do all we can to prepare for it. Still, when you are undergoing soul exhaustion, your fear for the future disrupts your current life. By worrying about your future, you overlook your prevailing achievements, even when you should applaud yourself.

Tips on Overcoming Soul Exhaustion

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Soul exhaustion is as bad as body damage. Ignoring the above symptoms can trigger mental health problems, deep depression, or chronic anxiety, which worsens the situation. Yet, you can overcome soul exhaustion by taking proactive steps towards soul healing.

These include: –

#1: Get Out of a Toxic Relationship

If you are the victim in a narcissistic relationship or, an empath drained by an energy vampire, find ways to end this toxic relationship. By doing so, you cut the source of your soul’s tiredness and prepare yourself for the healing process. 

#2: Practice Self-Love

When you have a tired soul, you may struggle to look after yourself. At this time, opt for self-love routines that take the least time to accomplish. They include: –

  • Taking a bath
  • Meditating for half an hour before sleeping or on waking up
  • Shake up your daily routine; cut on your to-do list
  • Cut on junk food
  • Spend more time in the outdoors or with the ones you love
  • Reduce your sleeping time, especially if you sleep for more than eight hours a day
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Light scented candles at your study, living, or bedroom
  • Adopt a pet

#3: Seek Help

If you are struggling with a mental health issue as a result of soul exhaustion, you may need professional help to get out of it. Never shy to seek help. Talk to a friend, loved one, or join an online support forum to share and learn more from others in a similar situation.

Conclusion

Is your soul tired? You could be feeling restless, have mood swings, or lack interest in what you like. If so, identify the signs of soul exhaustion and begin your healing process. Indeed, healing a tired soul takes time, but it is worth the effort. Start by cutting the triggers of your soul tiredness. Then, make small lifestyle changes that focus on self-care. Still, be open to those who want to help you.

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8 Signs You’re an Old Soul & What It Really Means

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Suppose you didn’t know your current age; how old do you reckon you would be today? If you guessed a number higher than your current age, you could be having an old soul. See, anyone with an old soul behaves too mature for their age. More so, they find their age mates too immature; hence struggle to fit into society. As outsiders looking into life, Old Souls prefer living solitary lives. In turn, society misinterprets this personality as anti-social. So, do you have an old soul? In this article, we discuss the eight signs you’re an old soul:

Becoming an Old Soul

Some Old Souls are born that way, while others grow into it through a spiritual awakening journey. Whatever the case, you have wisdom and a mature outlook on life that indicates your intelligence. This intelligence comes from your past experiences and not from memorizing books. Hence, young persons who are Old Souls are a gift to humanity.

For example, they become better leaders who focus less on material possessions and more on solving societal issues. Plus, they have better intuition that keeps them and those around them from harm’s way.

8 Signs You’re an Old Soul

#1: Empathetic

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Old Souls show lots of empathy towards others. Their high sensitivity, open-minded and open-hearted nature makes them emotional sponges. They pick up negative and positive energies from others and own these mixed feelings.

The Old Soul doesn’t think twice when lending a hand to those in need. And they use their wisdom to make other people’s lives better.

#2: Seeing the Bigger Picture

Does philosophy intrigue you? Or, do you question systems in institutions instead of accepting them at face value? An Old Soul has wisdom and a mature outlook on life that indicates their intelligence. This intelligence comes from observing what happens in the world instead of skimming through textbooks in class. Hence, such a person relates what is happening today to its possible impact on the future.

#3: Happiness in Solitude

Old Souls have unique interests, hobbies, and beliefs; different from their peers. More so, these are self-motivated individuals who are creative and original thinkers. They seek quality and not quantity in friendships. Hence, any small talk or group mentality annoys them.

For example, an Old Soul will struggle to stay up to date with friends on social media. Besides, they are direct in expressing their ideas, often seen as being rude. For this reason, an Old Soul prefers to have their own space and spend most time alone recharging their energies.

#4: Deep Thirst for Knowledge

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Would you rather keep up with a reality star or spend an hour watching a mystery film? See, Old Souls are intellectuals who are always yearning for wisdom. Even though they never acknowledge that they are smart, they are the kind of people who challenge their knowledge by reading or trying out new things. They prefer factual instead of trendy literature.

#5: Abhor Superficial Small Talk

Do you prefer having meaningful conversations that stimulate your thinking instead of small talk about the weather, food, or trendy stuff? You could be an Old Soul. Here, Old Souls want to make all their thoughts count. Hence, they are selective in how they talk or the words they use to express their views.

That’s why an Old Soul will naturally have strong communication and verbal skills. It can get lonely when those around you struggle to keep up with your conversations.

#6: Struggle with Dating

We live in a hook-up culture where the young and old meet online and date. It involves shallow flirting, playing games, or stringing others along to know each other better. Yet, this dating language is too hard for an Old Soul to wrap their heads around.

See, an Old Soul lives by personal standards they don’t intend to lower in the name of dating. Doing so will deny a core part of their true identity. On the flip side, when an Old Soul meets another Old Soul, dating becomes almost automatic. The two connect easily and cherish their soul connection.

#7: Exceptionally Good at Reading People

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If you are an Old Soul, you will often get strong gut feelings about someone you meet for the first time. This feeling will make you like or dislike the stranger instantly, regardless of how they portray themselves. Afterward, you realize that your intuition was on point, saving you unnecessary heartaches or propelling you to take risks that others would turn down.

Likewise, Old Souls are excellent body language readers and natural psychologists. By observing how someone twitches their lips, shifts eyes, or changes tone when speaking, the Old Souls can tell when the other is upset, honest, or deceiving.

#8: People Gravitate Towards You for Advice

Old Souls have a contemplative nature that will find valuable lessons in the most chaotic situation. They reflect and find clues to issues that we often overlook. In turn, friends and loved ones admire this maturity, clear and sound judgments. Others even view the Old Soul as a role model. Hence, they turn to them for advice, conflict resolution, or second opinions.

Can an Old Soul Be Bad for You?

Well, Old Soul traits can become challenging if: –

  • Your focus on the bigger picture or future goals distracts you from accomplishing mundane but necessary tasks. For example, not paying your bills or going to work due to procrastinating about the possible multi-million business you intend to run in the next five years.
  • Your desire for solitude leads you to chronic loneliness, even when surrounded by people.
  • Lack of dating skills leaves you feeling empty and unwanted.
  • You use your role model position in the society for selfish gain.

Conclusion

If you suspect that you are an Old Soul, use the above tell-tale signs you’re an old soul as your checklist. This will help you and those around you to understand and accept your unique personality. More so, determine if your Old Soul traits are interfering with your healthy lifestyle and make necessary lifestyle changes for better living.

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Self-Healing Quotes: 55 Transformative Sayings for Your Healing Journey

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In this article, we have collected 50 self-healing quotes that will inspire you to connect to the natural healing force within and open up your healing potential.

55 Self-Healing Quotes

#1

“The body is a self-healing organism, so it’s really about clearing things out of the way so the body can heal itself.” ~ Barbara Brennan

#2

“The central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers of the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization.” ~ Joanna Macy

#3

Self-forgiveness is essential to self-healing.” ~ Ruth Carter Stapleton

#4

“Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art….It is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world.” ~ Joanna Macy

#5

“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~ Hippocrates

#6

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” ~ Max De Pree

#7

“Don’t blame, forgive. All healing is self-healing.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

#8

“A lot of people say they want to get out of pain, and I’m sure that’s true, but they aren’t willing to make healing a high priority. They aren’t willing to look inside to see the source of their pain in order to deal with it.” ~ Lindsay Wagner

#9

“Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.” ~ Jennifer Brown

Self-Healing Quotes

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”The process of self-healing is the privilege of every being. Self-healing is not a miracle, nor is self-healing a dramatization of the personality as though you could do something superior. Self-healing is a genuine process of the relationship between the physical and the infinite power of the soul.” ~ Harbhajan Singh Yogi

#11

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” ~ Tori Amos

#12

“All minds are joined. Therefore, all healing is self-healing. Our inner peace will, of itself, pass to others once we accept it for ourselves.” ~ Gerald Jampolsky

#13

“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” ~ Hippocrates

#14

“The human mind is a fearful instrument of adaptation, and in nothing is this more clearly shown than in its mysterious powers of resilience, self-protection, and self-healing. Unless an event completely shatters the order of one’s life, the mind, if it has youth and health and time enough, accepts the inevitable and gets itself ready for the next happening like a grimly dutiful American tourist who, on arriving at a new town, looks around him, takes his bearings, and says, “Well, where do I go from here?” ~ Thomas Wolfe

#15

“I really believe that breath, in and of itself can become the ultimate self-healing tool.” ~ Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

#16

“Some people go to the gym to get more attractive physically, I’ve chosen to study the past and patterns I was trapped into. It is more about dropping than lifting weight.” ~ Alain Bremond-Torrent

#17

“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” ~ Yoko Ono

#18

“The treatments themselves do not ‘cure’ the condition, they simply restore the body’s self-healing ability.” ~ Leon Chaitow

Self-Healing Quotes

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”A wound does not destroy us. It activates our self-healing powers. The point is not to “put it behind you” but to keep benefiting from the strength it has awakened.” ~ David Richo

#20

“True forgiveness is a self-healing process which starts with you and gradually extends to everyone else.” ~ Robert Holden

#21

“It has been said that time heals all wounds. The truth is that time does not heal anything. It merely passes. It is what we do during the passing of time that helps or hinders the healing process.” ~ Jay Marshall

#22

“Forgiveness is nothing more and nothing less than an act of self-healing-an act of self-empowerment.” ~ Joyce Meyer

#23

“I’ve experienced several different healing methodologies over the years – counseling, self-help seminars, and I’ve read a lot – but none of them will work unless you really want to heal.” ~ Lindsay Wagner

#24

“Play is the most natural method of self-healing that childhood affords.” ~ Erik Erikson

#25

“Eventually, you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” ~ Gary Zukav

#26

Healing is embracing what is most feared; healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction, healing is learning to trust life.” ~ Jeanne Achterberg

#27

“Healing the world begins with healing yourself.” ~ Anthon St. Maarten

Self-Healing Quotes

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”Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

#29

“The body creates health daily. It is inherently self-healing.” ~ Christiane Northrup

#30

“Yoga nidra is the yoga of aware sleep. In this lies the secret of self healing. Yoga Nidra is a pratyahara technique in which the distractions of the mind are contained and the mind is relaxed.” ~ Satyananda Saraswati

#31

“Few people can fail to generate a self-healing process, when they become genuinely involved in healing others.” ~ Theodore Isaac Rubin

#32

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” ~ Lewis B. Smedes

#33

“The miracle of self-healing occurs when the inner patient yields to the inner physician.” ~ Vernon Howard

#34

“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

#35

“The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.” ~ Robert James Waller

#36

“But pain’s like water. It finds a way to push through any seal. There’s no way to stop it. Sometimes you have to let yourself sink inside of it before you can learn how to swim to the surface.” ~ Katie Kacvinsky

Self-Healing Quotes

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“Healing is never complete until we have been truly heard. May the universe send you someone who will sincerely care to listen.” ~ Anthon St. Maarten

#38

“Any illness is a direct message to you that tells you how you have not been loving who you are, cherishing yourself in order to be who you are. This is the basis of all healing.” ~ Barbara Brennan

#39

“Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf.” ~ Jonatan Martensson

#40

“We are all damaged. We have all been hurt. We have all had to learn painful lessons. We are all recovering from some mistake, loss, betrayal, abuse, injustice, or misfortune. All of life is a process of recovery that never ends. We each must find ways to accept and move through the pain and to pick ourselves back up. For each pang of grief, depression, doubt, or despair there is an inverse toward renewal coming to you in time. Each tragedy is an announcement that some goodwill indeed come in time. Be patient with yourself.” ~ Bryant McGill

#41

“To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

#42

“The place of true healing is a fierce place. It’s a giant place. It’s a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light. And you have to work really, really, really hard to get there, but you can do it.” ~ Cheryl Strayed

#43

“My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.” ~ Steve Goodier

#44

“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” ~ Louise Hay

#45

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” ~ Caroline Myss

Self-Healing Quotes

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“The sun shall always rise upon a new day and there shall always be a rose garden within me. Yes, there is a part of me that is broken, but my broken soil gives way to my wild roses.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

#47

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls your life.” ~ Akshay Dubey

#48

“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds… claim and consciously use your power.” ~ Louise Hay

#49

“Healing requires from us to stop struggling, but to enjoy life more and endure it less.” ~ Darina Stoyanova

#50

“Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.” ~ Ram Dass

#51

“What happens when people open their hearts?” “They get better.” ~ Haruki Murakami

#52

“The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are not.” ~ Mooji

#53

“For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open – into the light, out of the darkness.” ~ Reba McEntire

#54

“Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” ~ Vironika Tugaleva

#55

“Until you heal the wounds of your past, you are going to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex; but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, Stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them.” ~ Iyanla Vanzant

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