[EPISODE] Healing The Heart Through Storytelling
Have you ever struggled to move beyond a painful event or past hurt? Do you find it therapeutic to journal when you’re upset? Are you curious about how storytelling can empower you to live a life of bliss?
Well, you’re in luck! This Wednesday I will be interviewing a special guest, Diana Raab – Author award-winning author, poet, essayist, blogger, and educator. Come along as we explore how writing is a transformational tool to Nourish the Soul and change the way you think and feel about your life. We ALL have a story tell… She’ll be kicking off this month’s theme: Healing the Heart Through Storytelling.
Diana believes, “by documenting the story of your life, you have the chance to relive, examine, and reconstruct your lived experiences in a way that can be empowering. By working through your life, you are able to draw a certain amount of energy from what you have been through, reconcile yourself with your experiences, and then move forward.”
How would you like to set yourself free from your past? Storytelling helps us understand ourselves better and to find our commonality with others. Come ready to learn about Diana’s latest book Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life and how her work can change your life! For centuries stories have served as windows into human experience as they connect us to a larger self and universal truths.
Let’s allow ourselves to go deeper with our understanding of who we are as we set an intention this Wednesday evening – to find a thread of connection to the Universe and what we have come to this Earth journey to learn through story. Phone lines will be open for Q&A with Diana and a chance to win something special for those who call in from Nourish the Soul -> 877-480-4120
In Diana’s 40-year career, she has written thousands of articles and poems and is the editor of two anthologies, Writers on the Edge and Writers and Their Notebooks. Dr. Raab’s two memoirs are Regina’s Closet: Finding MyGrandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey. She holds national writing workshops on writing for bliss and writing for healing and transformation. She’s a regular blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post (Huff50), and PsychAlive.
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This week Elizabeth talks about last week’s break, Unraveling Life’s Mysteries, past pain, therapeutic options, and speaks with Dr. Diana Raab about writing and finding your own truth.
Elizabeth starts the show talking about last week’s break and her appreciation for her listeners. Next she talks about her 4th of July poll, and her instagram poll and the responses. Elizabeth talks about “Unravelling Life’s Mysteries” about food and how it can teach us things about ourselves. Elizabeth announces this month’s theme for Nourish the Soul: healing the heart through storytelling. “Have you ever struggled to move past a past hurt? Do you find it therapeutic to journal when angry or sad?” All questions to look at in today’s episode. Before closing out the segment, Elizabeth announces this episode’s guest: Dr. Diana Raab.
Elizabeth opens segment with a message from one of her sponsors, New York Loves Yoga. Next Dr. Diana Raab joins the conversation. Elizabeth goes on to detail Dr. Raab’s professional history and some of her work. Dr. Raab talks about growing up in Queens with her grandmother and her inspirations that got her started in her work. She talks about how journaling helped her get through tremendous loss at a young age and how it continued to help her cope over the years. “…Writing as a way of healing…a best friend and confident.” Elizabeth and Dr. Raab talk about how writing is also a spiritual practice.
Elizabeth opens the segment by introducing the next topic, Dr. Raab’s book, Writing for Bliss. Dr. Raab talks about the first step to writing, how fear can be a hindrance towards writing. Next, one needs to come to a place of self-awareness. When writing, Dr. Raab advises that you need to write about your own emotional truth. The next step is to examine your life and to realize what you have to offer to others and the universe. The fifth step is to follow your form of writing.
Before continuing the previous point, Elizabeth asks what kind of writing structure that Dr. Raab keeps to. She responds with that different things work for different people and it depends on what works for you. Next, Elizabeth and Dr. Raab pick up where the last segment left off with the fifth step to writing, finding and following your form of writing. The sixth step is to unleash your inner poetry, and the seventh step is to share your writing.