Healing Stories Project with Diane DeBella
Session One: Personal History
Session One Podcast
After you have listened to Podcast 1, consider revisiting letters, photos, scrapbooks, mementos – any pieces of the past that you feel comfortable and safe exploring. Record any reactions you have or memories that manifest in a journal to revisit as you move toward creating your healing story. If you are comfortable making journal entries, consider the following questions:
- What are the things you wish you had received in your childhood and did not?
- What did you receive in your childhood that you are grateful for?
- What do you feel bound to, and why?
- What can you let go of?
- What can you embrace instead?
Session One Exercise: I Am From
Sit comfortably in a quiet place with your favorite writing utensil and journal. In your journal write the words I Am From.
And then just let your history flow. Enjoy exploring where you are from.
The I AM FROM Template
I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______.
I am from the _______ (home description… adjective, adjective, sensory detail).
I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail)
I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).
I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).
From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).
I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.
I’m from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family).
From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member).
I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).