Our most immediate association with the word violence is of physical aggression. But you can utterly destroy a person, and never lay a hand on them.
Most people are surprised about my past. ‘I had no idea,’ they say. And they wouldn’t. It was all hidden abuse, no scars or bruises to tell the story.
Our minds get stronger with all the mental weightlifting we do! If we keep doing the work, keep showing up… we will heal. We are the Olympians of Healing!
It seems there are quite a few very useful (yet bizarre) holidays for us survivors at the moment. We celebrated Forgiveness Day last week, and this Friday is Compliment Your Mirror Day. The perfect day to talk to you all about mirror work.
I bet you did not know that today is Forgiveness Day! It is always a touchy subject, but one I think that we need to keep discussing on SwanWaters.
The most painful response I have received after telling someone about my decision to cut contact with my parents was: ‘You can’t, you will break their soul’. Why, after half a lifetime of pain and damage does the world still expect me to prioritize my abusers pain over my own?
I hadn’t actually thought of dedicating a post to Leonard Nimoy, but as with any celebrity passing social media took over. One story really touched my heart.
Domestic abuse is a difficult topic to talk about. It will likely make you feel uncomfortable – imagine how much worse it must feel for someone who has been subjected to it.
Helping others increases my own healing. Paying it forward does not make me feel stuck in the past. It helps me to keep driving forward.
We all know moments when the only thing that will do is a quiz. I stumbled on: Which Beatles Song Best Describes Your Life? I got: All You Need Is Love.