Flagging for later – a couple thoughts on the gift of presence ….
The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is. When we make that kind of deep bow to the soul of a suffering person, our respect reinforces the soul’s healing resources, the only resources that can help the sufferer make it through. >> Parker Palmer here
Caring for those with mental illness, as described by Master Kan on the TV show Kung Fu:
“He has been marked to wander inward, through and beyond a dark and terrifying land where no road exists and no signpost points the way…. As far as we are able, we must travel with him, help him along his way. …There are steps: his, and ours. We take them together. This is our duty to all who are marked, as he is…..Very often a wanderer in the tractless land finds that which he caught and more. Something of rare value for the one who shared his journey. Could you risk the loss of such a benefit?