Weekly Words of Wisdom ~ S is for STORY. Each of us has our own stories that we’ve collected over the course of our lives, and today I’d like to invite you to consider the stories you keep recalling and possibly even telling.

CHILDHOOD STORIES – Most of us have stories from our childhood that may have defined our personality and beliefs about ourselves. Like the time my funny uncle called me “Chubby” – not realizing I was on the brink of an eating disorder that would last for decades. Or the times my father abandoned us, leaving me with some solid stories and [false] beliefs about myself that could be easily recounted to anyone who would listen.

BEDTIME STORIES – We lay awake at night reliving the stories of our day. We may cling to regrets or even successes, thinking they define our overall worth. Or we lament that we “should have” done more or less or different… Close out your day with thoughts of gratitude, and sleep well my friend.

MORNING STORIES – We hit the snooze button and our mind starts looping. What will today hold? Will it be a repeat of yesterday? What will happen today as a continuation of the stories I’ve carried over from the past… Being intentional with your thoughts first thing in the morning sets the tone for your entire day. Tell yourself stories of empowerment.

WRITE YOUR STORIES TO LET GO – A study conducted at UCLA found that journaling helped to decrease activity in the amygdala – the part of our brain associated with emotions, fear and decision making. If you’ve never kept a journal, I think you’d be surprised at the healing benefits of the practice.

Grab a notebook and start writing. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling or even your [awesome] handwriting! Just sit down and write your heart out. Write the stories you are most attached to, and then practice reading them without judgement and WITH compassion. This type of practice helps to release the stories as they’ve been held in our minds, and facilitates healing and moving forward.

WRITE A NEW STORY – Use your journal to write your dreams and goals and hopes. There’s so much potential there – so many new stories to discover.

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