The healing power of telling your story.

Because telling your story—while being witnessed with loving attention by others who care—may be the most powerful medicine on earth. Each us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. And yet so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung—and when this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless, out of touch with our life’s purpose, plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved, or sick.

Every time you tell your story and someone else who cares bears witness to it, you turn off the body’s stress responses, flipping off toxic stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine and flipping on relaxation responses that release healing hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, nitric oxide, and endorphins. Not only does this turn on the body’s innate self-repair mechanisms and function as preventative medicine—or treatment if you’re sick. It also relaxes your nervous system and helps heal your mind of depression, anxiety, fear, anger, and feelings of disconnection.

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4 thoughts on “The healing power of telling your story.

  1. Reblogged this on PARENTS HEALING FROM ESTRANGEMENT and commented:
    I started to right a book many years ago but the emotional pain of going through it all again stopped me in my tracks. It will give my children an opportunity to read my side of the story as they have had their memory banks totally erased since the ages of 11 and 13. It wont change anything but I do not believe in staying silent and pretending it has not happened. I am in a good emotional place now to be able to continue with the book with humour and forgiveness which will make for much easier reading.


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