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 "I was forced into the basement of my soul to see what was hidden there,To look directly at what was hidden there,And then to choose, in the face of it all,Not death but life.                                                                                                                    (Henri Nouwen)

Within sorrow is grace. When we come close to those things that break us down, we touch those things that also break us open. And in that breaking open, we uncover our true nature.                                                                                                                  (Wayne Muller)

“I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation. I have little doubt that as individuals, families, communities, and even nations, we have the capacity to learn how to heal and prevent much of the damage done by trauma. In so doing, we will significantly increase our ability to achieve both our individual and collective dreams.” 

Peter A. LevineWaking the Tiger: Healing Trauma