Hi, I'm Becky Norwood. Welcome to "The Woman I Love!" As an author, publisher, and business owner, I have not only told my own story of survival from childhood sexual, emotional and physical abuse, I also help others tell their stories as well. We do not owe our past a place in our future, and the key to finding our joy comes from loving and forgiving ourselves. Do you have a story to tell? Let me help you accomplish it!
Are You Ready to Tell Your Story?
How do we begin to honor and love ourselves first and foremost?
How many of us have a whole load of icky talk going on inside of ourselves and how do we nip it in the bud and make some huge transforming changes for ourselves?
Sometimes the way we feel about ourselves comes from a history of negative feedback from others that should know better and should love us.
Let's not stay there! It is time to rise above, heal and thrive!
Following are 7 tips that will guide you on your journey to loving YOU.
Meditate, Contemplate, Reflect
It is an inward journey...sitting quietly with yourself and just observe.
Face your inner weaknesses, flaws and shortcomings. Us humans often don't like to look at this area...but releasing them can bring incredible healing.
The first step in healing is to look inside and let the process of releasing begin.
Healing can come from therapy and support groups to energy work, massage, mind-body programs, and more.
Beneath the scars of our past, our wounds can feel almost raw. Often it takes help from someone else who understands the situation to go into these dark places — it could be a close friend, mentor, confidant, priest or therapist.
No one can do this work alone...however, the work can be gently and in a safe environment, and once you start, there’s a tremendous sense of well being that comes to you. Just find someone who has walked the path successfully and sympathizes as well as understands your situation fully.
Forgiveness of your past:
Don't attempt to do this too quickly in your healing process. It’s all too easy to pretend to yourself that you forgive old hurts and abusive treatment, when, in fact, what you are eager for is to escape the pain. The absence of pain, achieved through healing, gives you the right foundation for deep, lasting forgiveness.
When you catch yourself reacting to a bad memory, stop and say, "I am not that person anymore."
As we step into this stage of our healing, we face the fact that the present moment, the here and now isn’t free of the burdens, memories and wounds of the past.
We need to acknowledge that and face the issues where we are in this moment. And still, it is important to look around, breathe easily and love the moment you are in right now.
And, most of all...practice the kind of love you want to receive! If you spend time each day, gently loving yourself and applying just one of two of these steps...you will be make great strides in your healing process.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”