I hope you’re having a good Monday! I spent last week at Kripalu assisting at the second annual narrative medicine conference, which was wonderful!
At the heart of the conference was the insight that the stories we tell have the power to heal—and also to harm—us.
This was so exciting to me, because the whole week helped me flesh out many of the ideas that I’ve been coming to these past years, but that are rarely articulated.
The stories that we tell and our imaginative life are not disconnected from our bodies. Quite the opposite! The stories that we tell and the way we see and imagine ourselves and our world, directly affect how we feel—both individually and socially.
I’ll give you two snippets of research that I loved learning about:
This week we were also lucky to hear from a truly dynamic, inspirational Minister, Dr Jacqui Lewis, who reminded us that racism is itself a story—or rather, a lie. And yet, that social “story” affects the health of millions of Americans (almost all health indices are lower for blacks in America than for whites). And so, through the power of the stories we tell, we can literally affect the health and wellbeing of individuals and of society.
Similarly, the stories we tell about, for example, plastic or non organic fertilizers or about our past or our future also affect our health.
Our stories matter, and they are all interconnected.
I’d love to connect with you and hear how the stories you tell—or don’t tell—affect your body and your world.
And I’d love to work with you.
Because a number of people asked me to join my online course Align Your Story this summer, I have a new policy in which you get immediate access to the whole course when you sign up, and then we will have weekly conference calls starting in the early fall.
The course walks you through lessons to get comfortable with and trust your own voice, learn from great writers, and connect mind and body through yoga and meditation—which are taught through video and audio recordings.
You can see more here (I’ve updated and redesigned the page—check it out!).
If you sign up now, there is a 20% early bird special. And if you sign up with a friend you each get an extra 15 % discount.
Reach out with any questions. And see more ways to connect with me and my offerings below.
Emotional Healing & Mindful Writing Blog | Nadia Colburn
I blog about creativity, writing, yoga, meditation, justice, women, the environment and integrated well being for the individual and society.