This picture hangs on the wall by my front door. I created it as a part of my healing process to exemplify my experience of what it was like for me to "go through" the pain to "get out of" that dark place of shame and claim my "me-ness" which btw - was the exact place where I discovered that in spite of the past, the traumas, I could begin to create my best life each day. This is where I made the mind-shift to lay claim to one of my tag lines...
"No longer a victim and more than a survivor; creating and living my best life!"
Today let's take a look at part of the insight - those "aha!" moments - that led me down this path...
What's the diff between "story" and "story"?
What I've found along the way is that I would often get stuck in "story"...
the "reliving" of the past where nothing good ever came of the situation.
This is that place where I am literally "stuck" in the anger and injustice at the past.
Where I'm focussed on those people who wronged me
the situations and circumstances where I felt powerless and indeed may have been powerless - like a car accident, an abuse situation, or where I trusted someone and was betrayed.
This is "rumination".
This is where I lived in resentment
My anger was often justified at those things - those people places and things that I had put my trust in and in some way I was injured.
But I have since learned to use this anger to propel me through the healing journey.
By recognizing "anger" as part of the natural human healing process
moving from the anger at the injustice and pain
through the emotional healing process
to reach the grief
the deep inner wounds
and let go
of the idea of finding justice where there may be none
accepting that I was truly powerless in this situation
that ruminating it over and over will not create a different outcome
or give me power to force justice for my pain
and in letting go of the "anger"
and telling the "story" over and over in my head and to anyone who would listen
I was able to get to my "story"
embrace and integrate the pain of the past
into my today
and allow the end to finally be written
in my tears.
Listen in to how I learned to use anger to fuel my healing and find freedom from the pain of the past Empowering Solutions: Letting Go of the Battle
Q: How have you made that shift from "story" to creating the ending, finding closure and creating your best life in spite of past traumas?