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The Healing Power Of Telling Your Story

You Are Not Alone

If I could sum up everything I’ve learned from over four years of blogging, it would boil down to one thing – you are not alone.

So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings suffering all by our little lonesome selves. I say this from experience. That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story – and VOILA! Millions of people showed to tell me they had lost their mojo too – or even more inspiring, that they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.

How had they gotten their mojo back? By telling their story.

The Power of Storytelling

When we tell our stories and others bear witness, the notion that we are disconnected beings suffering alone dissolves under the weight of evidence that this whole concept is merely an illusion and that millions of others are suffering just like us. They say misery loves company, and it’s true! The minute you discover that someone else is suffering just like you – or even better, that they’re celebrating their wholeness just like you – that sense of disconnection eases and you start to glimpse the truth – that we are beings of vibrating energy, connected on the energy internet through processes like quantum entanglement, with overlapping consciousness that connects us to a divine Source and to the Inner Pilot Light of every being on this planet (and perhaps others.)

The Power of Vulnerability

In order to benefit fully from the healing medicine of telling your story, you must resist holding anything back. You must strip off your masks, be unapologetically YOU, ditch worrying about what “everybody” is going to think, and let your glorious freak flag fly. Otherwise, your story becomes a watered down, milk toast version of who you are.

As Brené Brown teaches in her TEDx talk The Power Of Vulnerability, the gateway to intimacy is via being vulnerable about your imperfections. If you try to sugar coat your story, you miss out on the sense of connection with another human being that you can only attain when you’re letting someone see your warts and your big ugly tail. Every time you expose those imperfections – and someone loves you in spite of – even because of – those imperfections, you gain trust (or as Brené calls it, you “put marbles in the jar.”). Over time, the intimacy you feel with other people depends on how many marbles are in your jar.

You Ready To Tell Your Story?

We all have within us a story to tell, a song yet unsung. Is it time for you to tell your story? Click here to get started.

Or tell us your story here in the comments.

All ears,

Lissa

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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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