When Caroline Kohles, Senior Director of Well being and Wellness on the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and the brand new curator of the WBI/JCC On-line Constructive Psychology Hour, invited me to affix her to kick off the 2023 collection, I used to be thrilled. As a part of each the Constructive Psychology Hour and the JCC’s Books That Modified My Life Pageant, I’ll be sharing from my memoir, SOARING into Power: Love Transcends Ache.
As we stand on this liminal second on the starting of a brand new 12 months, who amongst us doesn’t need to bask within the transformative impression of studying, listening to, and sharing tales that may elevate and rework our lives? Within the webinar on Tuesday, January 10, at 12:00 pm ET, we’ll unpack why our brains are wired for tales and uncover how the best way you inform your story has a direct impression on elevating or hindering your bodily, emotional, and psychological well-being.
I ought to know as a result of I’ve spent the previous 22 years inspiring greater than half one million individuals to take energetic roles of their self-healing to expertise higher resilience and company. This was a journey I began lengthy earlier than founding Soaringwords, nevertheless. Wanting again at my life trajectory, I can see the story unfold in hindsight …
Since I used to be a baby, I wished to assist. Whether or not it was rescuing a blind duck at a park or defending my youthful brother in opposition to bullying when he skilled extreme bronchial asthma assaults—I at all times discovered myself within the position of a helper throughout occasions of disaster. As an grownup, a cellphone name at 4 o’clock within the morning launched a trifecta of trauma that modified my life endlessly. Three experiences with demise and sickness occurred in my household in simply 10 months. My beloved brother died all of the sudden of an asthma-induced coronary heart assault, my father was battling lymphoma, and my son grew to become catastrophically in poor health. When my household’s world imploded, I felt as if I had turn into irrevocably broken.
As a substitute, I found my calling throughout a dawn stroll alongside the seaside at the peak of my son’s sickness. I heard the phrase “Soaringwords,” and all of the sudden knew why I used to be born. I channeled my ardour and resilience into a world motion that will encourage thousands and thousands of individuals to by no means surrender. My lifetime of experiences serving to others by means of trauma, grief, sickness, and setbacks—mixed with my very own private experiences—led me to discovered Soaringwords, a not-for-profit group with the mission of inspiring youngsters, households, adults, seniors, and healthcare professionals to take energetic roles in self-healing to expertise higher bodily, emotional, and psychological well-being.
As we speak, I’m a constructive psychology practitioner dedicated to sharing easy-to-implement interventions that anybody can use. That’s why I wrote my e book: to remind you of your internal power, no matter circumstances taking place in your life. Wherever you’re in your journey, my biggest hope is that my memoir and our time on the Constructive Psychology Hour collectively will present illumination and inspiration as you search to turn into essentially the most genuine model of your self, even within the face of overwhelming obstacles.
Whereas a lot of life’s biggest difficulties are unpredictable, our capability to achieve company by means of narrative is a potent technique to reclaim our energy and permit hope to endure. As I wrote my memoir, I discovered myself revisiting essentially the most exhilarating and likewise the painful moments of my life. But, telling the story on my phrases allowed me to achieve a way of company and peace surrounding these tough occasions. And it additionally afforded me the good honor of having the ability to share this story now with you in hopes that it’s going to additionally encourage you to turn into the hero or heroine of your individual life.
The Mishnah, the traditional commentary on the Torah, says, “Phrases from the guts enter the coronary heart.” I hope these tales of transformation fill you with a way of gratitude, surprise, hope, and inspiration to activate your capability to by no means surrender!
Be part of Lisa on January 10 at 12:00 pm ET to debate the books that modified her life and dig deeper into how constructive narrative and storytelling can body and direct our ideas, feelings, and motivations. Register right here.