Monday, May 20, 2013

Only then are we Free

“Only when we feel our feelings and recognize why we have them can we know what gives our lives meaning…In order for us to know what we feel, significant others have had to care about us and been concerned about how we feel. It has had to be or become safe for us to speak the truth and to at upon what we know. Once we can act upon what is true for us, our choices shape our lives, and our lives are expressions of what genuinely matters to us. Only then are we free of the ring of power.”

~Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, The Ring of Power: The Abandoned Child, the Authoritarian Father, and the Disempowered Feminine

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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