Leaning on a community in times of trial is fundamental to the process of healing. Whether you are in recovery from alcohol or substance abuse, physical illness, or mental illness, finding a support system is one of the most important steps to take in the healing process. While building community is of course about connection with others, it also requires us to establish a strong relationship with our authentic selves. This parallel journey of both connecting with others and making space for self-reflection go hand in hand, and when done together true healing occurs.
Healing Through Belonging
“True belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” -Brené Brown
When experiencing the journey of trauma and recovery, belonging to a community reinforces a simple yet powerful idea: we are not alone. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, and that that our experience is unique and therefore unrelatable, further driving home feelings of isolation. But the truth is that trauma is universal; most of us have faced some form of challenge in our lives. Belonging to a community can mean finding people who have similar experiences, who can share their stories of hope and recovery. Our own feelings of isolation melt away and our experiences become validated.
Looking for somewhere to belong? Have a look at our upcoming groups and classes, and know that you are more than welcome in our community.
Healing Through Vulnerability
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” -Brené Brown
A scary word for many, vulnerability is key to building relationships. Not only does sharing the tough moments in our lives with others help to build bonds of trust, it also reframes our own internal fears and anxieties, and therefore strengthens our relationship with self. Often, a fear of being vulnerable stems from anxieties about feeling out of control, fear of being invalidated or being seen as weak. But the reality is that vulnerability is where love, courage, and joy begin. Being open to the full range of human emotions, rather than trying to control what is “allowed” to get through – to ourselves or to others – is how we open up to releasing fear and living a more authentic life.
Interested in practicing vulnerability? Begin with this baby step: Pay extra attention to how you are feeling today, and make note when you might try and brush those feelings aside. Even the simple exercise of observing your relationship to your emotions is a great way to become more in tune with yourself.
Are you in recovery from substance abuse, illness, or mental distress? At the Strength in Motion wellness community, we believe in a mind, body, and soul approach towards finding and sustaining balance. We feel honored to be on your path in some way. Click here to find out more information about who we are and how we may be a support to you.