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The Healing Power Of Telling Your Story

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The Healing Power Of Telling Your Story

One of the reasons I began blogging is because I had a story to tell, one I intended to live out loud, on a public stage, recording along the way the journey of how I had lost my mojo and how I would get it back. Making this one decision to tell my story transformed my life forever.

Since then, I’ve†been telling my story, while inviting other†bloggers in the Owning Pink community to tell theirs and inviting readers to share their stories in the comments and on the Owning Pink forum.

I was also given the chance to tell my story when my friend Christine Bronstein, founder of†A Band Of Wives, invited me to contribute to a book she was compiling called†Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God, a book of personal revelations told by 51 women who hold nothing back. (You can read my review of the book here).

If youíve been longing to tell your story, feeling like youíve got a song in you thatís yet unsung, Christine and I have good news for you!† Because Christine so believes in the healing power of telling your story and sharing it with the world, she has created an opportunity Iím so solidly behind that I agreed to help spread the word.

The My Story Project

If youíre interested in being one of the storytelling voices in†Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God and having your story published alongside many other fearless women unapologetically telling their stories, I invite you to participate in My Story, a customized version of†Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection, where you (or if youíre a guy, the women in your life) can go online at Nothingbutthetruth.com and enter your own story (up to 2,000 words) and art, and your story will become the last chapter of a customized version of the book. (WOOT! Check that off your bucket list. Youíll be a published author!)

The My Story project gives you an opportunity to flex your voice, have your story witnessed, see yourself in print, and create a book with your own story of positive female connection in a book with other awesome female authors.

Why?

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 lifeís 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 bodyís 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 bodyís innate self-repair mechanisms and function as preventative medicine – or treatment if youíre 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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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at†LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities -†HealHealthCareNow.com and†OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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12:09PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Thanks

2:52PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

I love this idea, but when I looked at the site I saw that you have to PAY to submit as well as paying for the final book. I have published poetry before (telling my story). The process is like many, you send stuff in you get rejected (often) you decide whether the point was to get published (and keep trying) or to write it (and just keep it). I guess this book is pretty cheap as a form of therapy, but to me is seems like vanity publishing. I wont be contributing.

7:57PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Some stories are painful, so can only be told to trusted people.

3:09PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Very good thanks for sharing.

10:27AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Telling your story allows you to possible release something that has always been a thorn in in ones side... They have a better understanding Or at the least hopefully so and it, for you is the tearing down of old hangup's.....Its like a really good spring cleasnging.

5:12PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Thx!

3:16AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

I do agree that telling your story, or in other words expressing yourself, getting things off your chest, etc. does help in the healing factor, but I don't think you have to tell the whole world, the public about it in order for it to help you, unless you want to of course. A trusted friend or family member is good enough for me. thanks

2:21AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Thank you

6:29PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

I am grateful to Care2 site. I am a very intellectual and introverted person who has a vast knowledge of healthful phytonutrients and health in general. On this site, I have been able to share my thoughts on these subjects to whomever would listen. I have shared my knowledge about these subjects and more here than to any one person ever.

It has been wonderfully cathartic on a thoughtful and somewhat emotional level. I never thought myself capable of sharing so much of myself and views to anyone ever. I guess the fact that it is rather an anonymous group helps. I don't really know anyone, nor do they know me. I feel free to share my knowledge (always learned formally or through personal experience confirmed) and hope some find it useful or at least thoughtful.

2:15PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Believe it or not, this stuff works for men, too. Usually, though, we get shut down, and die early.

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