Lately, my wounds feel so gaping and oozing that I can hardly imagine them serving any purpose beyond causing me pain. But in this short video, shot and edited by Ian MacKenzie, Michael Stone reflects on the potential of our wounds to be tools of compassion.
What if I can use the ways that I’ve been scarred? What if we can use the ways that we’ve been wounded? As the springboard for action? What if our wounds are actually tools. What if somebody who suffered from an eating disorder, or someone who suffered from depression, or someone who suffers from anxiety, recognizes that the way they work with their anxiety, the way their practices help them overcome depression — what if they see that that process of working with their woundedness actually gives them real tools to take positive and creative action in the world? ~ Michael Stone