The aftermath of murder changed our world and it was through the art of storytelling that we kept found our way through it.
It was by telling our story that we motivated people to look for Candace when she went missing. Then after her body was found, it was through storytelling that we could find meaning in her death and our own healing.
It was through storytelling that we were able to connect with the other side- those who could be considered our enemies. It was storytelling that helped us cross impossible boundaries and free ourselves from the victim and offender trauma bond that threatened to hold us hostage.
Story telling is truth-telling: letting others see what’s in our heart. Ultimately we share our stories of suffering in the hopes that others will find comfort and guidance in the shared story while they continue their own journey.
The science backs up this belief.
According to the neuroscience of storytelling, one reason the brain falls in love with a good story is because hearing stories encourages the release of the hormones oxytocin and cortisol. Oxytocin is a hormone that controls things like empathy and social interaction. Cortisol is connected to the stress response - and helps regulate it.
We can become healthier as we share our stories.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou