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Stories matter, you see. It’s not simply that we like to tell stories, and to listen to them: it’s that narrative is hard-wired into us. It’s a function of our biology, and the way our brains have evolved over time.

Data doesn’t go into the brain easily. We find it hard to retain, to comprehend, to learn, to remember so we’ve evolved to comprehend information by turning data into narrative. We understand and learn from stories better than bald facts. Stories resonate. Our brains are built for stories, we reach for them, our brains make stories that make sense of the world around us.

We make sense of the world and fashion our identities through the sharing and passing on of stories. So the stories that we tell ourselves those that are told to us by others about the world and our place in it, shape not just our own lives, but the world around us.

If the foundation stories of our culture show women as weak and inferior, then however much we may rail against it, we will be treated as if we are weak and inferior. But if the mythology and history of our culture includes women who are wise, women who are powerful and strong, it opens up a space for women to live up to those stories: to become wise, and powerful and strong. To be taken seriously, and to have our voices heard.

2017 has been a transitional year for womenkind; there’s a wake up call throughout the world to stand up, stand strong and be heard. On a personal level this year I’ve been discovering more about my ancestry (more on that in tomorrows advent affirmation) and reading stories, discovering more about where I’ve come from, it provides a firm foundation and a spring board from which to leap into my own story.

When preparing to bring a human into the world there’s NOTHING better than sharing stories and I’ve shared hundreds of birth stories from new parents over the past 8 years (http://katrinaberry.tumblr.com/archive) that are inspirational, informative and heart warming

#advent #affirmation #hypnotherapy #positivity #choosethepositive #braintraining #hypnobirthing #cbt #acceptanceandcommitmenttherapy #birth #pregnancy #parenting #motherhood #createyourlife

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