A simple but penetrating perspective on transforming our childhood pain and confusion into strength and clarity.—Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh offers unique insights on how mindfulness practice can encourage wellness and balanced mental health, and help heal childhood suffering and trauma. With personal stories, techniques for dealing with old and new situations, and advice for building strong and long-lasting relationships, Reconciliation is full of concrete practices for healing the inner child. Nhat Hanh shows how mindfulness can transform anger, sadness, and fear and allow joy and tranquility to flourish.
Many of us still have a wounded child alive within us. Our wounds may have been caused by our father or our mother. Our father may have been wounded as a little boy, too. Because he did not know how to heal the wounds from his childhood, he has transmitted his wounds to us. If we do not know how to transform and heal the wounds in ourselves, we are going to transmit them to our children and grandchildren. This is why we have to go back to the wounded child in us, to help him or her heal.
Your wounded child may represent several generations. Maybe your parents and grandparents had the same problem. If you generate the energy of mindfulness, understanding, and compassion for your wounded child, you will suffer much less.