Your Story will Heal You & Other Survivors
Telling our trauma stories is a BIG part of our healing journey. Today, I read a tweet on Twitter that resonated with me. Perhaps, it will lift your spirits and help you to have the courage to tell your own story?
"One of the characteristics of dealing with trauma is the repetitious nature of that work. Survivors will say the same things over and over. They will be repetitious in dealing with their emotions. They will repeat their losses again and again. Expect it and learn to sit with it. The magnitude of the trauma is so great that repetition is necessary. The mind cannot imagine what happened. It cannot hold such a thought. Bearing the intensity of emotions is impossible and so the feelings must be tried on again and again. Be patient and then be patient some more. Telling and re-telling helps to reduce the memory size." ~ Diane Langberg, PhD
I don't know about you, but telling my trauma story, especially in my book, Soul Cry: Releasing & Healing the Wounds of Trauma, has been extremely therapeutic for me. While it may feel uncomfortable and daunting, it's freeing to break the silence. Even more so, it is cathartic and empowering to know that our story not only heals us, but it can heal others. For trauma recovery, if you had been abused in a relationship, it requires you to heal relationally. It does involve talking with at least one person. You can learn to build new, trustworthy relationships that are rewarding. In addition, it can be very beneficial for you to speak to at least one trustworthy professional about your past abuse.
I recommend a trauma-informed professional who's experienced in the type of trauma that you have suffered. Why? Because they are educated, knowledgeable, and skilled at understanding trauma. Plus, they can offer you safe space to unpack your trauma without judgment or shame.
I love the inspiring quote that I shared up above. It hits home for me and I wholeheartedly agree with it. When we courageously tell our trauma stories, it is an incredible experience when others hear us, see us, respect us, and validate our own stories. "It's important that we share our own stories and experiences with other people. Your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else. When you tell your story, you free yourself and and give other people permission to acknowledge their own story." ~ Iylana Vanzant
Today, if you feel isolated, alone, or need emotional support with a trauma-informed professional, feel free to reach out to me. As a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach, I offer various Trauma Recovery Coaching packages. I look forward to working with you!