THERE’S A CRACK IN EVERYTHING THAT’S HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
"There's a crack in everything that's how the light gets in" – one of my favourite sayings - is a powerful reminder of the role that vulnerability plays in mental well-being.
The phrase, originally coined by the wonderful late Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, (I was actually lucky enough to have seen him live at the 02 arena in London a number of years ago just prior to his passing) suggests that it is through your imperfections and vulnerabilities you are able to find light and healing.
The phrase acknowledges that even in times of darkness, there is still a glimmer of hope and that your imperfections and vulnerabilities can lead to greater understanding and growth.
This statement can be incredibly applicable to someone’s mental well-being and personal growth.
Mental well-being is not about perfection; it is about acceptance, growth and resilience.
It is not about hiding your flaws and vulnerabilities, but rather acknowledging and embracing them.
When you try to hide or ignore your struggles, you are essentially covering up the cracks that let the light in.
The light that enters through your cracks can take many forms. It can be the light of hope, of healing, of understanding, of compassion, of sloughing off the negative emotions so with the light a better mental health can be achieved.
When you allow yourself to be vulnerable and open, you create space for these forms of light to enter your life and guide you towards a greater sense of well-being.
Yes I know only too well how very hard it can be to open up. However to heal and become the person you deserve to be you need to let go of that pain. As the saying goes, “For things to change, you need to change, for things to get better you need to get better”
When you face challenges or struggles, it can be tempting to try and bury or ignore them. However, by embracing these difficulties and allowing yourself to feel vulnerable, you open yourself up to learning and growing from your experiences. This can help you to build resilience and develop a stronger sense of self.
Also by acknowledging your cracks you can allow yourself to see the light that exists within you.
It can be challenging to recognise your own strengths and positive qualities when you are struggling with your mental health. However, by embracing your imperfections and vulnerabilities, you can also see the unique qualities that make you the special person you are.
Embracing vulnerability can be challenging, as it requires you to confront your fears and face your imperfections head-on.
However, when you allow yourself to be vulnerable, you create a sense of authenticity and connection with yourself and others.
You become more resilient and better equipped to handle life's challenges.
Moreover, acknowledging and accepting your vulnerabilities can also help you to overcome feelings of shame and self-judgment.
When it comes to mental health, many people may feel ashamed or embarrassed about their struggles. They may feel like they are alone in their experiences or that their issues make them weak or inferior to others.
However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Acknowledging and embracing your vulnerabilities is a crucial step in maintaining your mental well-being.
Remember is okay not to be okay – please don’t shy away from seeking help from a qualified accredited practitioner.
When you recognise that your struggles and imperfections are a natural part of the human experience, you can cultivate a sense of self-compassion and learn to treat yourself with greater kindness and understanding.
It’s really important to recognise that everyone has their own set of cracks or imperfections. No one is perfect, and all of you have experienced hardships or challenges in your life that may have left you feeling broken or flawed. It is crucial to acknowledge these cracks and understand that they are a natural part of the human experience.
By accepting your cracks and imperfections, you allow yourself to be more authentic and genuine. You can connect with others on a deeper level and feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. Furthermore, embracing your vulnerabilities can also lead to personal growth and development.
This saying pertains to mental well-being by reminding you of the power of vulnerability and acceptance.
It is through your cracks and imperfections that you can find light and healing.
When you embrace your vulnerabilities and allow yourself to be authentic and open, you create space for compassion, understanding, and growth.
By accepting your cracks, you can connect with others on a deeper level, grow and develop as individuals, and recognise the light that exists within you.
It is crucial to remember that it is okay to be imperfect, and that your flaws and challenges can lead to greater understanding and personal growth.
So, embrace your cracks - and let the light to come in!!
We are ready, able and waiting to help you no matter what.