Processing the Pandemic: A Reflective Guide for Cultivating Healing & Hope

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This past year has brought us all life-altering changes, tension, and heartbreak.

You have spent the past 12 months living through a global pandemic, a presidential election with tremendous political tension, and heartbreaking displays of atrocious racism. The trials and sufferings we hoped for quick resolutions to continue on. You’ve likely spent a year at home. You’ve likely been separated and isolated. You’ve struggled and grieved, lost strength and hope, and maybe even came to the ends of yourself. You’ve navigated stressors and faced the unknown. But you have also grown with grit.

This guide is an invitation for you to slow down the urge to move on and get over the hard you faced in the last year.

This is an invitation to consider the months ahead. You might say last year was a year in which you experienced trauma and survived. Before you dismiss this notion, let me share Dr. Anita Phillips explanation of trauma from the 2021 IF:Gathering:

Anything that has changed your view of the world, other people, yourself, or God for the worst – in a way that shook you deeply – brings you into the realm of trauma.

Dr. Anita Phillips

Painful, life-altering events happened to you, and this is your invitation into awareness, gentleness, healing, and hope for this year.

In this reflective guide, I want to invite you to process the past 12 months and help you prepare for the coming months.

This guide will help you:

  • Pay attention to your heart and process the events that have impacted you.
  • Create space for your pain, joy, and hopes.
  • Reflect on how you coped, what worked, and what didn’t work.
  • Think about what you learned and what you want to remember.
  • Discover how you were changed and declare how you want to live differently moving forward.
  • Grow in mindfulness and prepare for the one-year anniversaries of events that impacted you.
  • Courageously consider your hopes and prayers for the future.

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I'm Kristin.
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I'm a bereaved mom, former English teacher and stay-at-home mom (to two growing boys), veteran military spouse married to my high school sweetheart, contemplative creative, writer, and writing coach. I'm all about spreading the love of writing as a way of healing and hope.

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