Since leaving journalism, I’ve felt empty.
My newspaper career fulfilled a personal need to contribute to society and make the world a better place. Since leaving the news industry, I’ve embarked on a personal growth journey.
I’ve signed up to volunteer with Bridges, a local organization dedicated to supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Training isn’t until June, so I’ve been trying to fill my spirit in other ways. Returning to my childhood love of meditation, I signed up for a transformational meditation meetup organized by the wonderful Sandy Snay, who runs The Mind and Body Center of Hypnosis, Massage & Reiki in Nashua, N.H.
Sandy performed a live, guided meditation called Self Awareness and Freedom from Fear and the Unknown. She also gave us a copy to take home. Part of the meditation involves visualizing a difficult time in your childhood and telling your childhood self that it’s OK and you love her, then guiding her to join you in the present.
Everyone should try this meditation. Although emotional, this process truly helps you heal yourself.
You don’t have to go back to your childhood. Pick any painful time in your life, and assure your past self that you can make it. Next, I’m planning to perform this meditation on the part of myself that still works in the newsroom.
Now I’m grateful that my victim advocacy training isn’t until June, because I realize that I should heal myself before attempting to help others.
Thank you for reading, and please share your own self-healing experiences in the comments below.