20 Quotes on Healing and Doing The Inner Work

Life sure knows how to throw us our fair share of battles, huh? We start early with childhood wounds that can affect us for our lifetimes if we let them. No matter how well our parents raised us, we’ll still need to heal. As we move through life, we can find ourselves feeling like we’re constantly moving forward, but with new wounds and baggage that hurts to carry. And sometimes, we have a really difficult time moving forward at all.

When’s the last time you took the time to heal yourself, to actually look within at what’s weighing you down? Your inner child has wounds that still need healing.

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Let these quotes inspire you to journal it out, get some clarity around the scars you still wear, and do the work to love yourself. The self-love journey is a never ending process, but it’s worth diving into.

“Healing is layers. Healing is time. Healing is excruciating. Once you think it’s done, it’s not.” —  Mary DeMuth

“That’s the thing about sensitive people. Things take time. Time to absorb other people’s feelings and time to restore their own sanity. Time to adjust to change and time to remain with their own values. Time to ask why things are the way they are and time to just simply let things be. A life of taking two steps forward and one step back is a powerful way to be.” —  Juansen Dizon, Sensitive People

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

“You just have to surround yourself with the things that make you grateful to be alive.” —  Juansen Dizon, Warm

“Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but is still standing.”

“You let time pass. That’s the cure. You survive the days. You float like a rabid ghost through the weeks. You cry and wallow and lament and scratch your way back up through the months. And then one day you find yourself alone on a bench in the sun and you close your eyes and lean your head back and you realize you’re okay.” —  Cheryl Strayed

“I crave time by myself to sit and heal my heart before I step out into the world again.” —  Gemman Troy

“To heal a wound you need to stop touching it.” —  Unknown

“Instead of saying ‘I’m damaged, I’m broken, I have trust issues’ say ‘I’m healing, I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over.’ Positive self-talk.” —  Horation James

“I want better. I want to be better. I’m going to be better. I’m going to make better choices. Every day I’m committed to making decisions that will make my life better.” – Riffat Matin

“You need to realize that the sadness that you are feeling right now will not be permanent. But I also need you to realize that the sadness that you’re feeling right now will happen again anytime in the future because we live in a world where bad things happen to good people and bad people. But until then I hope you feel okay with the fact that joy will come like how spring comes after winter. But I also hope that you’ll feel okay when summer ends. When the crushed leaves of autumn starts falling on you. Just please don’t kill yourself. Because I know that someone out there loves you. And that the love that he or she is feeling for you right now is permanent.” —  juansen dizon, Confessions of a Wallflower 

“The poison leaves bit by bit, not all at once. Be patient. You are healing.” —  Yasmin Mogahed


“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.” —  Rumi

“You cannot see a tree as it grows. Only with time can you see it’s progress.” —  Nicole Addison

“You will be happy again, you will be more yourself than ever, you will understand your heart better when you heal, you will be whole, you will be okay.”

“I said to the sun, ‘Tell me about the big bang.’ The sun said, ‘it hurts to become.’” —  Andrea Gibson

“In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain the old pain.” —  Mary Manin Morrissey

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.” —  Robert Tew

“Don’t ever stop 
believing in your own 
personal transformation. It’s still happening 
even on the days 
when you may not 
realize it, 
or feel like it.”
—  Lalah Delia

“Ten years ago, I still feared loss enough to abandon myself in order to keep things stable. I’d smile when I was sad, pretend to like people who appalled me. What I now know is that losses aren’t cataclysmic if they teach the heart and soul their natural cycle of breaking and healing.” –Martha Beck

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