Jenni is a psychotherapist who has spent the last twenty years in private practice and thus knows the power of journaling to tap into the deep unconscious. She says we all share common archetypal experiences and within each of us there is a hero/heroine who can help transform our suffering into a more joyful experience of life. Jenni hopes to impart this valuable insight into stories for children.
To breathe or not to breathe that is the question. I have suffered from asthma all my life and in my forties when it became life threatening I had a life changing experience that enabled me to change my relationship to it. Instead of seeing my condition as an affliction I was able to see it as a loving guide that could teach me to value and care for myself voluntarily. So when an attack occurred I would stop, take stock and slow down.
This involved changing my attitude from one of resentment to a feeling of gratitude. It came in a dream as an image of an ocean pounding against the rocks and I knew instantly that this was significant to me at a core level. My gratitude was the ocean literally washing my asthma away. The attacks eventually stopped. My breathing was no longer like a deflated balloon, lifeless. I was no longer hopelessly dependent on medicines to breathe air. The air we breathe that most people never think twice about.
And so I was mystified when it reared up again last November. I thought I had integrated this profound lesson into my daily existence but here I was again slipping back into the old automatic and reactive responses to stress. I needed to stop again and focus on what I had forgotten. I realised I don’t have to live with this feeling of being misunderstood anymore because at the very core of my being I know I am deeply and unconditionally loved. When breathing struggles arise now I attune my thoughts to this sense of love and find I can breathe without the medicines.
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