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Healing is a journey we must decide to take when we are open and ready to do so. It is not easy to face our demons and create change from things that might have scarred us in a way that we will never forget. No matter what the case may be, we must approach the capacity to heal with open arms. I can tell you that for me, it did not begin until later adulthood; however, that was by my choice. We always have a choice. Remember that. I chose to stay where I was in my life and not own what I was going through. I did not face it head on nor did I want to accept it. So often we just want to forget or feel nothing but numbness to moments in our life that might have been filled with adversity, sadness, aggression, anger, and other negative emotions, but those emotions are ok to feel. That being said, we must get passed them as soon as possible rather than dwelling deep within them. We can sometimes get stuck where we might feel like we are in a whirlwind, but there is hope in knowing that storms end, the sun comes back out, and a new day approaches.

Each day is a new opportunity to begin a new chapter of our lives if we are not happy with the current chapter. Only you have the capability to turn the page. Start all over again from the beginning and take the necessary steps to keep turning the pages forward instead of backwards. My healing began very bumpy. I remember when I first started to be authentic with myself and others instead of hiding behind the walls that I had built over the years. My walls were very thick and very tall. I did not only build them in my life, but around my heart as well. It can be scary to feel again without holding back, but you can’t heal until you do this.

I wish I can tell you that it all goes away fast and is an easy process, but I would be lying if I did. My healing journey had its ups and downs as I have let it marinate for so long until I decided it was time to turn things around for myself and stop living for others around me. Living for me is probably one of the most important things I learned through my own self-reflection. Practice meditating, do yoga, pray, find a new hobby, indulge in one you long forgot, dance, laugh as often as possible, carry motivational/inspirational messages on index cards (this is always good to pull out when you need it), find positive people, read and do research on tools and techniques you can utilize in your journey, and whatever works best for you and signifies that hope. Most of all…just LIVE! You can truly begin to heal once you have decided to let it all go…and only then.

I eventually became tired of trying to please everybody and make them happy while I suffered in silence.  I taught myself the hard way, but you do not have to do this. No matter what I faced from the moment I made a decision to heal, everything began to roll off my shoulder. I no longer analyzed everything to the point of mind spinning. I no longer let negativity live in my space, and when a person, thing, or thought that is negative comes a calling, I quickly remove it from my life.

This might seem hard to do as you will know some of the people intimately, but this is a decision we must make. We are all different, and what works for YOU might not work for another. I realized eliminating certain people and things from my life was a BIG part of what needed to be done if I wanted to make my own happiness, but that does not mean that will be in your journey. It is in me to help, give, make a difference and a live a life of service, but it does not mean I let people take advantage of that trait.

Everything is a process that is worth going through to get to that happy ending. Be prepared for the unexpected both good and bad. Be willing to fall and get back up when you need too. It is how hard you are willing to fight that will be the ultimate factor in your healing. Believe in the strength you hold to walk through the fire. Be kind and gentle to yourself. Hope and faith are such prominent factors in your healing. I can’t stress that enough. You are so worth every drop of gratitude and love that you have in your life. There is only more to come. Stand up…make a list of things you want to fix and do, and manifest that life. Live in abundance. Life is beautiful one the rain passes. La Bella Vita!

Having faith in the impossible is what makes things possible and gives life to your dreams – Dana Jacoviello

Dana Jacoviello is a writer/interviewer, a psychology student, student affiliate of APA and NYSPA, Founder of Bullies Keep Out, works in cyber-bullying investigations, participated in a 30 Day Challenge as an expert in healing and recovery in personal growth/emotional well-being for the OM Times, & is a reporter/writer for the OM Times. Dana also works in motivational mentoring/coaching, with a strong interest in networking & social media, healing, recovery, yoga & meditation. Please join Dana on her latest anti- bullying campaign/project www.bullieskeepout.com

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