“Woundology” is a term coined by Caroline Myss to describe how people can become overly identified with their wounds.
I believe that we all experience this process. Stop to consider why we stay wounded or within our pain than moving forward. Do you see it? We often know and understand our pain more than we identify with wellness. Life is challenging at any given moment, but we know how to sit in that pain. It can be comfortable, more comfortable than doing hard work to find a release in healing.
I wonder how we can step away from being defined by our wounds or stories of pain in a meaningful and sensitive manner that can allow us to honor our journey, but not be held back by it?
What if today we named just ONE strength, then proceeded to honor it. Just be with this process. Embrace gratitude and awareness around it. When the process feels easier and lighter, we choose another attribute. We keep doing this until we find ourselves releasing our wounds and the story that we held on to.
These wounds can be physical, emotional, or social. People with woundology may define themselves by their hurts, rather than their strengths. They may continue to re-expose the trauma to themselves and others. This can interfere with work, relationships, and life fulfillment.
Maybe when we can get to this place of healing and release, we will more fully understand how to honor, experience and breathe through our pain without it consuming us.
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Andrea creates, builds, and offers her teachings and hands on life tools based on her journey healing her body image after a 14yr battle and life of trauma. Her vision always is to help others live a full life with the journey they are given.