Ease trauma by giving back34 comments
Meet Heather Lagoe.
She is awesome and you will see why after you watch our video.
I met Heather in the airport a few weeks ago and it was as if our souls recognized each other. We chatted like we knew each other forever.
I was so intrigued with what she was doing, I knew I had to share her story with all of you. So this past week, we made a video together so she can tell you how her business is set up to ease trauma for herself and her customers.
She started a business, Sparrow Bracelets, that is born out of love and it has given her back much more than she gives. And that says a lot, because this women is hell-bent on giving.
(The sound in first minute is low but I hope tolerable. It gets better!)
When trauma or loss happens in a family, here are three reasons to do what Heather is doing.
1. Creativity uses brain space.
Creative, generous projects are healing. Depression and anxiety need brain space to exist. They use your thoughts to breed more negativity and fear. If you were preoccupied with something purposeful and productive, there would be less time to feel down or afraid. Being creative needs loads of brain space because you are problem solving. This gets your frontal lobe working and heals the effects of loss and trauma on the brain.
2. Connecting with others makes you not feel so alone.
Isolation compounds any problem that you have, because the self only exists in relationships. And connecting to others eases our negative emotions. (Not abusive people.) Connecting heals the heart.
3. Giving back gives new meaning to a sad story.
When something happens, our mind wants to makes sense of it. There are many tragedies that happened that make little sense. When something helpful comes out of it, a trauma or loss can have new meaning besides just senselessness. This can be powerfully healing. The person that is lost can now live on or the person who has been victimized has a purpose and identity beyond what happened.
Watch the video and see what Sparrow Bracelets has meant to Heather.
(*Noelle was our winner! Yay!)
Over to you! I know many of you have started creative projects that give back. Tell me about what you have done and how it has changed your life?
Jodi Aman / /