Healing is a must for a holistic life. Genuine health requires it in the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical aspects of your life. There's Only One You. You were designed to work, play, and rest. You were designed to be spiritual. You were designed for a purpose. You were created to create. Every part of your well-being is affected by your choices.
What you think about you bring about.
For years I tended to do too much. My many interests and passions are all worthy enough. However, my personal life had fallen apart and I found myself back in another bad relationship. After I found the Celebrate Recovery program I began a new journey to become more emotionally and mentally healthy. A whole new world opened up to me.
I was out of harmony. My past abuse still haunted me. I believed that I had reckoned with it, that Christ had help me to forgive and move on. The one year program helped me realize that while I had healed some abuses, I had stuffed others. I learned that being busy was a protection I set up for myself. If I stayed busy I wouldn't have to think. I wouldn't have to face those memories. As a bonus, I falsely believed, it would protect me from further rejection.
I'm far from the only one who has been hurt. Many suffer and have suffered more than me. When we stuff these experiences they harm us. When we suffer from past hurts such as rejection, abandonment, abuse, assaults or other forms of trauma they manifest themselves in our spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental health. If we are to truly be free from the past we must do the "work" to heal. We cannot skip this step. Grief is real. Learning how to cope while moving steadily moving through steps toward healing is healthy. So is accepting ourselves. The good, the bad and the ugly. Learning to focus on gratefulness. The positive actions we take now to change our future will indeed change our lives forever.
So what does it look like? This healing journey. Well, it's different for each of us.
I attended Celebrate Recovery for over a year. And then the Boundaries class. I took baby steps. I moved on joining The John Maxwell Team. I have an accountability partner and a mentor.
I created a system of journaling called THRIVE. I also use the HabitBull app. Spiritually, I spend what I like to call CLARITY time with God. Mentally, I focus myself more positively, I read to grow myself and to learn more about my passion work. Emotionally, I continue you grow myself. I check in with how I'm feeling in a given situation and I choose how I respond. Physically, I continue to increase my good choices. Steady effort. Perfect? Not hardly. Persistent? Yes! Dedicated? Absolutely!
Think of healing, not as bathing in the slug of our past where the gremlins can drag you down into a hole of self-pity. Instead, consider where your healing is needed by contemplating what continually comes up. Do the work. Decide how you can use your experience(s) for good. Practice celebrating your small successes! My rejection, abandonment, rapes, assaults, verbal and emotional abuses kept me in chains for years. Did you catch that? They kept me. I don't want that for you. If you have been in chains I want you to know that you too can be free.
After one of my worst experiences I felt strongly that I would be able to redeem it. I have. Though I was never trafficked I could easily have been because of my vulnerabilities. That knowledge has lead me to becoming a 21st Abolitionist in the fight to end human trafficking. My training and personal growth through the John Maxwell Team has given the knowledge and confidence to work to grow and strengthen the grassroots effort to fight against this unconscionable epidemic. I write, I blog, I speak, I train, I pray, I connect with people in this fight so I can encourage and learn.
What can you do to live your Passion? Do you know what you want? Do you believe you can attain it? If not, why not? There is Only One You. Own it. Love it. Live it.
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