143 Quotes About Healing Your Body & Mind

2022 Update

It’s no secret that life is cruel and unforgiving. Everyone has highs and lows, and the lows can be near overwhelming.

It’s inevitable that all of us will have to go through trials and setbacks at some point in our life, and knowing how to deal with them determines how well you’ll be able to bounce back. 

And that’s the important part – bouncing back. It’s okay to lay low for a while and take some time to recollect your thoughts after having your world turned upside down, but you will eventually need to come to terms with reality. 

Healing is a complicated process. They say time heals everything, and that’s often true, but I encourage you to be proactive during the recovery process. The first step in getting over pain and sorrow is to acknowledge the source of it. And while that can seem difficult, we have just the thing to get you started; some powerful quotes of healing. 

We’ve gathered for you 0X of the most inspirational self-healing quotes you can use to comfort yourself during troubling times. Short and sweet, these quotes provide us with wisdom and knowledge on strength, recovery, growth, and healing.

We’ve also included entries you can send to a friend in case they’re struggling:

Best Quotes Of Healing 

1.) “Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.” – Wendell Berry

2.) “Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable.” ― R.D. Laing

3.) “Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.” – Rachel Naomi Remen

4.) “Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.” – Ram Dass

5.) “Any illness is a direct message to you that tells you how you have not been loving who you are, cherishing yourself in order to be who you are. This is the basis of all healing.” – Barbara Brennan

6.) “There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.” – Harry Crews

7.) “To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence.” – Eckhart Tolle

8.) “Humor is healing.” – Brad Garrett

9.) “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” – Hippocrates

10.) “Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure.” – Phyllis McGinle

11.) “You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds… claim and consciously use your power.” – Louise L. Hay

12.) “But pain’s like water. It finds a way to push through any seal. There’s no way to stop it. Sometimes you have to let yourself sink inside of it before you can learn how to swim to the surface.” – Katie Kacvinsky

13.) “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” – Elton John

14.) “Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.” – Jennifer Brown

15.) “Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” – Cormac McCarthy

16.) “If you desire healing,

let yourself fall ill

let yourself fall ill.” – Rumi

17.) “The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

18.) “Once you start laughing, you start healing.” – Sherry Argov

19.) “It is our wounds that create in us a desire to reach for miracles. The fulfillment of such miracles depends on whether we let our wounds pull us down or lift us up towards our dreams.” – Jocelyn Soriano

20.) “Every step taken in mindfulness brings us one step closer to healing ourselves and the planet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

21.) “All healing is first a healing of the heart.” – Carl Townsend

22.) “Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” – Novalis

23.) “The place of true healing is a fierce place. It’s a giant place. It’s a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light. And you have to work really, really, really hard to get there, but you can do it.” – Cheryl Strayed

24.) “Healing is embracing what is most feared; healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction, healing is learning to trust life.” – Jeanne Achterberg

25.) “The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces.” – Robert James Waller

26.) “As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.” – Maya Angelou

27.) “Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls.” – Melody Beattie

28.) “Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.” – Rumi

29.) “Awareness is the first step in healing.” – Dean Ornish

30.) “Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos

31.) “The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

32.) “When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.” – Rabindranath Tagore

33.) “The sun shall always rise upon a new day and there shall always be a rose garden within me. Yes, there is a part of me that is broken, but my broken soil gives way to my wild roses.”– C. JoyBell C.

34.) “We can heal. Perhaps we can return to that same place we once stood, when we were both young and innocent.” – Marie Lu

35.) “It has been said that time heals all wounds. The truth is that time does not heal anything. It merely passes. It is what we do during the passing of time that helps or hinders the healing process.” – Jay Marshall

36.) “Instead of saying, “I’m damaged, I’m broken, I have trust issues” say “I’m healing, I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over.” – Horacio Jones

37.) “Every time your heart is broken, a doorway cracks open to a world full of new beginnings, new opportunities.” – Patti Roberts

38.) “It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place… it’s when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.” – David Hume

39.) “Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

40.) “For the human soul is virtually indestructible, and its ability to rise from the ashes remains as long as the body draws breath.” – Alice Miller

41.) “No matter how long it takes to heal…we share the same scars…” – Daniel Yanez

42.) “Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf.” – Jonatan Martensson

43.) “The wish for healing has always been half of health.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

44.) “We are all damaged. We have all been hurt. We have all had to learn painful lessons. We are all recovering from some mistake, loss, betrayal, abuse, injustice, or misfortune. All of life is a process of recovery that never ends. We each must find ways to accept and move through the pain and to pick ourselves back up. For each pang of grief, depression, doubt, or despair there is an inverse toward renewal coming to you in time. Each tragedy is an announcement that some goodwill indeed come in time. Be patient with yourself.” – Bryant McGill

45.) “When you hear the music ringin’ in your soul / And you feel it in your heart and it grows and grows / And it comes from the backstreet rock & roll and the healing has begun” – Van Morrison

46.) “Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake. And one of the most fruitful.” – Stephen Levine

47.) “Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.” – Criss Jami

48.) “The forces that are for you are greater than the forces against you.” – Joel Osteen

49.) “Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.” – Sai Baba

50.) “We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.” – Marcel Proust

51.) ”The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” – Caroline Myss

52.) “I’ve experienced several different healing methodologies over the years – counseling, self-help seminars, and I’ve read a lot – but none of them will work unless you really want to heal.” – Lindsay Wagner

53.) “Do not delay healing just to wait on an apology that may never come.” – Christine E. Szymanski

54.) “Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing. “ – Joshua Kai

55.) “If there’s no breaking then there’s no healing, and if there’s no healing then there’s no learning.” – One Tree Hill

56.) “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”  – Helen Keller

57.) “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” – Buddha

58.) “My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.” – Steve Goodier

59.) “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” – Hippocrates

60.) “Self-forgiveness is essential to self-healing.” – Ruth Carter Stapleton

61.) “To heal is to touch with love that which we previously touched with fear.” – Stephen Levine

62.) “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” – Carl Jung

63.) ”The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are not.” – Mooji

64.) “Sometimes we must yield control to others and accept our vulnerability so we can be healed.” – Kathy Magliato

65.) ”When you really listen to yourself, you can heal yourself.” – Ceanne Derohan

66.) “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

67.) ”Attention to the human body brings healing and regeneration. Through awareness of the body we remember who we really are.” – Jack Kornfield

68.) “To me, forgiveness is the cornerstone of healing.” –  Sylvia Fraser

69.) “Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” – Gary Zukav

70.) “What happens when people open their hearts?” “They get better.” – Haruki Murakami

71.) “Do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you” – Rupi Kaur

72.) “Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.” – Marianne Williamson

73.) “When wounds are healed by love, The scars are beautiful.” – David Bowles

74.) “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” – David Richo

75.) ”Love is the most important healing power there is.” – Louise Hay

76.) “Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” – Gary Zukav

77.) “Healing old hurts can only begin when the children we once were feel safe enough to speak their hearts to the adults we are now.” – L.R. Knost

78.) “It’s not forgetting that heals. It’s remembering.” – Amy Green

79.) “When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.” – David Orr

80.) “And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again, that at best there might eventually be a little contentment. Everyone wanted me to get help and rejoin life, pick up the pieces and move on, and I tried to, I wanted to, but I just had to lie in the mud with my arms wrapped around myself, eyes closed, grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore.” – Anne Lamott

81.) “In time, in time they tell me, I’ll not feel so bad. I don’t want time to heal me. There’s a reason I’m like this.

I want time to set me ugly and knotted with loss of you, marking me. I won’t smooth you away.

I can’t say goodbye.” – China Miéville

82.) “Time didn’t heal, but it anesthetized. The human mind could only feel so much.” – P.D. James

83.) “Music is such a great healing balm and a great way to forget your troubles.” – Ricky Skaggs

84.) ”Progress and healing involves seeing every person as not so different from ourselves.” – Bryant H. McGill

85.) “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” – Marianne Williamson

86.) “Allow yourself to ache. In it, there is healing.” – Naide P Obiang

87.) “Everybody’s damaged. It’s just a question of how badly, and whether you’re healing or still bleeding.” – Angela N. Blount

88.) “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

89.) “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise Hay

90.) “In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” – Marianne Williamson

91.) “Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back. I’m going to help you forgive the things that you won’t let yourself forget.” – Jennifer Elisabeth

92.) “Given enough time and distance, the heart will always heal.” – Laura Fitzgerald

93.) “Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.” – Danielle Bernock

94.) “By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. Forgiveness is no longer an option but a necessity for healing.” – Caroline Myss

95.) “As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

96.) “One of the most healing things you can do is recognize where in your life you are your own poison.” – Steve Maraboli

97.) ”Ultimately, there can be no complete healing until we have restored our primal trust in life.” – Georg Feuerstein

98.) ”Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow.” – Rita Schiano

99.) “You will be a different person after the storm, because the storm will heal you from your perfection.” – Bryant McGill

100.) “Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace.” – Aberjhani

101.) “and here you are living

despite it all” – Rupi Kaur

102.) “Healing the soul first; then healing of the mind and body will follow.” – Zhi Gang Sha

103.) “A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.” – Eric Micha’el Leventhal

104.) “Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care.” – Jerry Cantrell

105.) “The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.” – Joseph Conrad

106.) “Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” – Vironika Tugaleva

107.) “I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing.” – Leonard Nimoy

108.) “Wounds are like water set to boil – they heal best left unwatched.” – Gabrielle Zevin

109.) “Only when we face the impossible, and experience the unbearable, do we find out who we truly are.” – Vironika Tugaleva

110.) “We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.” – S. Kelley Harrell

111.) “The good news is you survived. The bad news is you’re hurt and no one can heal you but yourself.” – Clementine von Radics

112.) “Believing the lie that time will heal all wounds is just a nice way of saying that time deadens us.” – Jonathan Nolan

113.) “Temporary, but excruciating, pain is the price of healing.” – Vironika Tugaleva

114.) “My heart will still ache sometimes. Maybe more often than not. I think it’s possible to be healed without feeling whole.” – Monica Hesse

115.) “Time heals all wounds.” – Stephen King

116.) “Be just the balm you need to heal what ails you.” – Heather Davis

117.) “it’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” – Barack Obama

118.) “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity.” – Billy Joel

119.) “The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” – Paracelsus

120.) “Healing Follows Forgiveness.” – Pat Bluth

121.) “Tear your heart out of your chest. And hand it to God. There is no other healing. I swear, there is no other healing.” – Yasmin Mogahed

122.) “Healing is simply attempting to do more of those things that bring joy and fewer of those things that bring pain.” – O. Carl Simonton

123.) “you look at me and cry

everything hurts

I hold you and whisper

but everything can heal” – Rupi Kaur

124.) “Before you heal someone, ask him if he’s willing to give up the things that made him sick.” – Hippocrates

125.) “What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.” – Carolyn Myss

126.) “A broken heart heals when we allow the healing to go as deep as the wound went.” – Beth Moore

127.) “Nothing is so healing as the human touch.” – Bobby Fischer

128.) “A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

129.) “Sensitive people feel so deeply they often have to retreat from the world, in order to dig beneath the layers of pain to find their faith and courage.” – Shannon L. Alder

130.) “It’s harder to heal than it is to kill.” – Tamora Pierce

131.) “Healing is an inside job.” – Dr. B.J. Palmer

132.) ”It’s not all about healing yourself; it’s just as importantly about letting yourself heal.” – Terri Guillemets

133.) “Self-forgiveness can heal you.” – Andrew Zaffina

134.) “Maybe I should find another doctor; one who realizes the importance of scars.” – Rasmenia Massoud

135.) “Healing doesn’t usually spring up instantaneously, instead it manifests itself in small yet delightful doses of “normal.” – Unknown

136.) “There are some wounds that one can heal only by deepening them and making them worse.” – Auguste de Villiers de L’Isle-Adam

137.) “Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls your life.” – Akshay Dubey

138.) “The ache will always be there, but the intensity will fade, and you’ll find other beautiful things to fill your days with.” – Lang Leav

139.) “Change, like healing, takes time.” – Veronica Roth

140.) “Healing is an art. It takes time, it takes practice. It takes love.” – Maza Dohta

141.) ”Healing is the application of love.” – Iyanla Vanzant

142.) ”For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open – into the light, out of the darkness.” – Reba McEntire

143.) “Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” – Yoko Ono

Summary

We hope you enjoyed browsing through our collection of powerful self-healing quotes and were able to acquire insight and inspiration from the beautiful poetry featured within. We also hope that we were able to make it easier for you to endure whatever hardship burdens you, even if by just a little bit. 

These poems are perfect for anyone who’s down in the dumps, so feel free to share them with someone who could use that boost in morale. Small acts of thoughtfulness can end up making a big difference.