Storytelling is simply another way of communication. And a very effective communication method, certainly. We forget facts, but we never forget good stories. That is why Hollywood is what it is: good stories. But have you ever thought that you also have a story to tell about your highs and lows?
More research show an astounding fact: telling our stories, especially the bad, sad and traumatic ones, have the power to heal us and our lives. One study indicates a direct link between the lowered blood pressure of a group who were invited to tell their stories to each other, as opposed to the group who could not do so and showed their same high blood pressure readings.
The one thing nobody can take away from you is your story. Your entire life story, or even shorter stories about specific times and experiences in your past, cannot be changed. Your story, and those of your ancestors, is what turned you into the person and product you are now.
I offer Therapeutic Storytelling Workshops and Courses for one to ten people. My interest in this work started when I took a Narrative Therapy module as part of my Psychology Honors class. Since then I have come to believe that storytelling can be the best medicine on earth for ourselves.
So why should you get to know and write your own story? Who has time for that? This blog post tells us why: Owning your story.
We live in a time which does not leave a lot of free hours to be mindful about our own inner worlds and memories. We are always busy with so-called more important things. But have you ever taken some time for yourself to really think about your life story, and the stories of your life?
We are often ashamed of certain stories in our life, and hide these from others and even from ourselves. I have attended a series of workshops recently where we were required to “reconcile” ourselves with some of the shameful stories of our lives. I was fearful about some stories that that I have hidden – even from myself – for almost four decades from many people. I decided to respond by telling some of these stories, as it became too heavy for me and I was tired of wrestling with it.
I shared it with about 30 new friends. Afterwards, I found myself shaking, sweating and sobbing – with relief, and even with some joy that I could do it. The most interesting thing was that for the first time I heard myself telling the stories, and that brought not only relief, but suddenly I saw certain patterns repeating in my life. I now understand some of my stories much better, and why and how it happened.
When we tell our stories, we open up and become vulnerable, which is a strength, because it connects you with others. You should watch some of Brene Brown’ videos on TEDx and Youtube about vulnerability and shame.
You have a chance to rewrite your story and become the hero in your own life because of all that you have survived. This here is a great read on how we can rewrite our lives: Rewrite your own story.
Contact me for therapeutic story-telling workshops or coaching. You will never regret it.