The Deal

“Here’s the deal.

The human soul
doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved.

It simply wants to be witnessed
— to be seen, heard, and companioned exactly as is.

When we make that kind of deep bow
to the soul of a suffering person,
our respect reinforces the soul’s healing resources,
the only resources that can help the sufferer make it through.”

Parker Palmer

Thank you Lenore Mewton, friend from many years ago, for bringing this Parker Palmer quote to my attention.