Saint John of the Cross taught that interior silence is the place where Spirit secretly anoints the soul and heals our deepest wounds. Make time during the day to be alone — not to read or watch TV — but to be quiet. Garden, sit outside, walk mindfully, go into nature, meditate, be with music. Most of us will give our time and energy away to others, leaving little for ourselves. The disbalance that occurs when you squeeze yourself out of your own life creates new stress that prevents the healing of old pain. Save time to let silence be a partner in your healing.

Joan Borysenko, Fire in the Soul