Monday, July 13, 2020

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  • Thank you so much for this article. It absolutely spoke to me. I’ve been suicidal myself and experienced all the horror and shame-upon-shame that goes with it, from professionals and family. I also know at a very deep level that my suicidal times were exactly as you say here – a response to seeing and feeling the shadow. These times in my life have indeed proved to be transformational. I now run creative writing workshops, often with ‘shadow’ themes, and I also love Leonard Cohen’s ‘There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’ – and this poem by Michael Leunig…

    When the heart
    Is cut or cracked or broken,
    Do not clutch it;
    Let the wound lie open.
    Let the wind
    From the good old sea blow in
    To bathe the wound with salt,
    And let it sting.
    Let a stray dog lick it,
    Let a bird lean in the hole and sing
    A simple song like a tiny bell,
    And let it ring.