We’re halfway through 2017. The Atlantic Hurricane season has begun. The USA backed out of the Paris Climate Agreement. England has been hit by senseless attacks, as well as Kabul and other places. US Domestic policy is stalled and foreign relations are iffy. There are a lot of investigations.

At the same time it’s summer. High schoolers are graduating. Proms and the beach! Colleges are preparing to onboard freshmen. Summer plans and vacations are in the works. Concerts and music fests are everywhere.

That is the nature of life. Some of this and some of that too. And life literally goes on. It’s not always so easy for humans to go on. We do, but often we don’t take inner care of ourselves and all that isn’t yet whole.

Sometimes when you are suffering, you think that living is impossible and you can’t go on. When we lose a person who is very dear to us, we may think that we cannot survive. We feel we will die because we have lost our loved one. In time, however, we realize that we can go on living.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Perhaps it needs to be said more often, clearly and strongly: Human beings have the ability to renew, make sense of, find harmony and reconcile. It’s built-in. It has to be willingly engaged, but it’s there. It goes even deeper than that.

Both our body and our consciousness have the wonderful ability to heal themselves.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

We are body and consciousness. Some may argue we have a body and are consciousness. Both our body and consciousness suffer at times. Strangely we have a capacity to suffer. But not without remedy! That wouldn’t make sense. We’re made with intelligence.

When you cut your finger and are in pain, you innately have confidence in your body’s capacity to mend the cut. You do not have to do much: simply clean the cut and allow your body to do its work. The cut will heal on its own. The same thing is true with your consciousness, which has the capacity to heal, forgive, and generate goodness. You should recognize this capacity and affirm its presence in your body and consciousness.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

It’s odd that with so much do-it-yourself (DIY) out there and even self-help, we don’t know about or affirm our ability to self-correct and heal.

Our consciousness has the power to “generate goodness.” Take that in for a few moments.

Art by Daniel Luther

To heal and generate goodness is valid at the personal and global levels. It isn’t only individual consciousness that can be wounded. More and more the consciousness of humanity is exposed to world events and the suffering that’s a long distance away is becoming personal.

And how could it not? We are one humanity. There’s a common humanity! The Dalai Lama expresses it best: “Always embrace the common humanity that lies at the heart of us all.” And this: “We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity.”

Finding resolution, healing and reaching completion can be tough. Some issues are entrenched in generational or cyclic momentum. But first we have to firmly know and then activate and rely on the inner care resources, solutions and abilities that we’ve been endowed with.

These are many. A partial list includes: Self-awareness, capacity for insight and inspiration, inner strength, qualities of the heart such as love and holism, creativity, healing power, compassion and empathy, intelligence and will power.

These we have already. That’s how people survive untold tragedy and continue thriving. That potential is there if one takes inner care.

Take inner care!

The force of healing is always at work in us, and we can trust it. Our goodness, our ability to persevere, our capacity to let go and transcend will help us through.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

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