This week’s review is Feel It. Heal It. Let It Go.: Taking Back the Power From Your Pain by Nicole Musap. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all books a chance to be ‘heard’!Trauma Click To Tweet
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Feel It. Heal It. Let It Go.: Taking Back the Power From Your Pain by Nicole Musap
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I have to be straightforward with this review and say this upfront: This is a tough book to get through. And not because the writer did a bad job, it’s quite the opposite. Nicole gets to the heart of the issue causing pain and confronts it head-on in her book, Feel It. Heal It. Let It Go.: Taking Power Back From Your Pain.
The three parts of the book (‘Feel It’, ‘Heal It’, ‘Let It Go’) and its subsequent chapters cover the book’s overall theme of feeling the pain, healing the pain, and then letting it go. The author shares her struggles and how she worked to overcome those negative feelings through the method of feel, heal, and let go.
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Learning about how the body responds to trauma and how we as humans have a natural tendency to pull away from that trauma gives a better insight into WHY we should confront our pain. It does more damage “hiding” it away than dealing with it – even though dealing with it causes pain, too.
The book gives real facts, insights into the side effects of trauma/pain, choices to overcome, steps to healing, and more. It also looks at our environment and what we are putting into our body in terms of food and mental stamina. Choices and suggestions are listed throughout the book to give more than one way to feel, heal, and let go.
With the author’s guidance and encouragement, my past trauma – my parent’s ugly divorce that uprooted everything I knew as a child and my own divorce from a mentally damaging man – was confronted. It was hard. And painful. This is why the book is difficult to work through.
Through this feeling, healing, and letting go I was able to get to the root of my pain – why did my parents’ divorce hurt so much; how internalizing mental abuse for so many years shaped my current thoughts and processes -and overcome it.
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But the pain is also beautiful and enlightening, as odd as that may sound. While processing each trauma, I was able to discover ME. For so long I’ve spent ways to bury and hide the feelings associated with these life-altering events, and now that I’ve let the negativity go, I’m finding myself. This is why it’s beautiful and enlightening.
I recommend using the accompanying journal to this book, Feel It. Heal It. Let It Go.: Companion Journal. Alongside the book, the journal can be used in tandem to process past experiences and work to overcome it. (The journal can be found at https://www.nicolemusap.com/)
It’s worth the time it takes to work through these issues, and shouldn’t be rushed in any way. In fact, take your time and go at your own pace.
In closing, I’d like to share one of the many parts of the book I’ve highlighted and referred to when it got tough to confront past pain –
“The purpose of embarking on a healing journey is not to erase those memories. Even the unpleasant ones. The purpose of this healing journey is to take away the power that the negative sticky memories possess in your present life…To find freedom from your past, take the steps to release the sticky memories that no longer serve who you re are today. Know that they can be keeping you hostage emotionally and can hold you back from growing.”
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