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“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” -Rainer Maria Rilke
What don’t you know? How do you respond when in uncertainty and not knowing?
When you are on the healing journey, unknowns abound. What’s happening with the body, will I get worse, is healing even possible, what will it take to heal, what do I do next, how do I manage my life and a chronic illness, and many more uncertainties may feel like they take over your mind. Uncertainty can bring up fear, discomfort, a feeling of being out of control, and challenges to your sense of self, and you might have developed habitual responses to manage the discomfort.
When instead of going into your habitual responses, you can let not knowing open you up, you can learn to bring spaciousness and excitement to uncertainty. A few of the tips to help you thrive in uncertainty include to channel childhood, take the adventure one step at a time, and practice being in uncertainty. When you can learn to thrive in uncertainty, you enhance your healing journey.
What I talk about
- How knowing is valued and not knowing punished in society
- What I do not know
- How not knowing and being in uncertainty can bring up vulnerability
- Six common habitual patterns when faced with uncertainty
- Six tips to thriving in uncertainty
- The power of being able to bring excitement to uncertainty
“Let not knowing open you up instead of close you down.” tweet
“What can you choose to trust that gives you stability without stagnation?” tweet
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