“You are a living, breathing story. What you make of your story makes you.”
—Barbara Stahura, CJF

“Story is the mother of us all.”
—Christina Baldwin

“We live not by things, but by the meanings of things.”
—Antoine de St.-Exupery

“The story of your life is the tale that you repeatedly tell yourself about who you are, what you want, and what you can and cannot do.”
—Carol S. Pearson, PhD.

“Everything is story, including our identities, our selves, our meanings and purposes, our theories about the world.”
—Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona

“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
—The Talmud

“The words you speak become the house you live in.”
—Hafiz

“Change the story and you change perceptions; change perception and you change the world.”
—Jean Houston

“Story. Story is my medicine.”
—Deena Metzger

Culture is the “Water” We All Live In

Fish live immersed in a universe of water, and because it is such a normal, natural part of their existence, they don’t realize that fact (until they are taken out of the water, of course). The same is generally true for humans and the oxygen we breathe. It’s always there, so we don’t think about it much—until we are somehow deprived of it. These are rather obvious examples of what we might call “invisible immersion.” Yet there is another kind of (generally) invisible immersion that actually controls a good chunk of our Story with little realization on our part. These are the stories that make up culture and society.

Cancer, Mindbody, and Living, Breathing Stories

Take serious illness, for instance. What roles does our mindbody play in it? What are our stories about it? How do they affect the ways we treat it or live with it? Do they tell us to resist at all cost, to be grateful for the lessons it teaches, or…what? These questions have been on my mind a lot lately, and for a good reason.

Help Yourself Heal With An Unsent Letter

Would you ever consider writing a letter to a body part that was giving you trouble, or to an illness? Or have that body part or illness write a letter to you? Pretty weird, right? Actually, not so weird. Letters are a wonderful therapeutic journaling technique, particularly the Unsent Letter. This technique is just what it […]

Give Up What You Think You Know

Here’s a short version of a story about me I used to tell myself: After getting divorced in my mid-20s, I was single even at age 49 despite some dating and several short-term relationships during the intervening years. I came to believe I would never have a good relationship, and I was often upset and frustrated […]

You Are Not a Mind and a Body

You are a mindbody. Or a bodymind. The point is, your mind and body are not two separate entities sort of stacked on top of one another. They exist together as one entity, with inseparable connections: “There is a complex relationship between thoughts, moods, brain chemistry, endocrine function, and functioning of other physiological systems in […]

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