Storytelling in Small Groups

Sharing Stores in Small Groups or Personal Reflection

Our lives are lived by the influences of our past experiences, interactions with others, our beliefs, and cultural worldview. We often live our life imaging the future. This acknowledges and gives us hope for what is yet to be. At any given moment, our choices are formed from our past experiences, thoughts, and beliefs. Our choices, leading to action, create new experiences we remember as “stories” once they have been experienced.

Our attachment to our stories, and stories others have told us, often moves us from being present moment. In reality, the present moment is all we have. We are never not in the present moment. Our bodies, emotions, and soul live in the present moment. Our mind, however, can get easily distracted and often will be drawn to our stories from the past or to the future of fear or hope. Our mind is often preoccupied with our stories, rather than being present in the moment. 

One way to begin to reshape how we hear and make sense of our stories is to share them with others (or write them down). In the process of sharing our story, we take it from our mind and the emotions attached to it, into a different space. I believe, and have experienced, that by sharing our stories with others, we can begin to heal and transform ourselves and the world we share.

When a trusted person has taken the time to listen to me share my story, I have felt the healing presence of God, or creator, bring new awareness and comfort to me. This has worked best for me when the person listening does not interrupt me to share their opinion, offer suggestions to fix me or the situation, or share one of their own stories that was triggered in their own mind. Think about how you felt when a person listened to you without judgement or feedback and accepted you just as you are. What a gift that is.

Bringing and acknowledging the energy and emotions of the story into the present moment can often release some of the negative emotions that keep us emotionally. My hope is that by sharing stories with others (or journaling) it will begin to release the emotional grip these stories hold on us that keeps us from living in the present moment.

I and others have created a series of different storytelling reflections and questions that will encourage storytelling, healing, and transformation. These can be done in a small group, with a partner, or by oneself (journaling).

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