When we think of legacy planning, we often focus on the tangible assets we want to leave behind, such as money, property, and material assets. However, more and more people are realizing the importance of including emotional healing as a crucial aspect of their holistic legacy plan. The more healed we are, the more we can give of ourselves compared to coming at our legacy from a feeling of soul fragmentation.
Emotional healing involves addressing any unresolved emotional wounds or past traumas that might be hidden issues holding you back or causing you pain. These issues could stem from past unresolved abuse, unhealthy relationships, or even self-sabotaging or limiting beliefs that no longer serve you ... like a shirt that has now become too tight in that you're ready to outgrow it. By addressing any and all emotional wounds, in your living years, you can release emotional baggage that might otherwise hinder your ability to live your life to the fullest and design that meaningful legacy.
Here are some reasons why emotional healing is becoming an increasingly important part of holistic legacy planning:
1. It Helps You Live A More Authentic Lives
When we have unresolved emotional injuries, we often suppress our true feelings and desires, which can lead to living an inauthentic life. By addressing and healing these issues, in trusting yourself and others more, you can live more authentically and design a holistic legacy that truly reflects who you are.
2. It Helps You Build Healthier Relationships
Unresolved emotional wounds can manifest in current relationships, leading to unhealthy patterns and conflicts, compared to stronger bonds based on mutual understanding. By healing what is making you sad or hurt, in what you are carrying forward, you can find new insights and perspectives even through the coaching tool of reframing past situations with new eyes - the maturity and distance you bring today compared to when you felt powerless or trapped or any other emotion at the unfairness of a past event or series of events. A key part of your holistic legacy is being able to build stronger and healthier relationships with your loved ones, those you consider family, and those who are a part of your community. Being able to connect with others, from a healed place, can be a powerful part and step to your legacy!
3. It Enables You to Leave a Positive Impact on Future Generations
By claiming personal agency in healing your emotional heartbreak in any area, you can break negative patterns and be a positive influence on future generations. Your legacy isn't just about what you leave behind in money or quantitative assets, but also the example of courage you had to face difficult situations in handling them compared to passing on any trauma. For those that come after you, your healing can change the energy as well as dynamics in a room. So, how can we incorporate emotional healing into our holistic legacy plan?
Enclosed are some tips:
Seek Professional Help Such As A Coach Or A Therapist - Or Both!
If you have unresolved emotional pain, consider seeking the help of a coach to create a compelling future, a trained counselor, or other licensed professional. They can provide guidance and support as you work through any repressed feelings or "childhood stuff" to help you develop your emotional literacy (find the right language), EQ and ultimately, healing. One of the best tips is when another human soul just holds space for your experience.
Practice Self-Care Often
Self-care is an essential part of emotional healing. Make sure you're taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Try bubble baths if possible, weekly yoga classes, pottery or art creation for an afternoon or any other activity that will bring you joy and allow you to be in the moment.
Mindfulness can help us become more aware of our thoughts and emotions and develop a greater understanding of ourselves. Consider incorporating mindfulness practices such as meditation, yoga, or journaling into your daily routine.
Connect with Others
Building strong relationships with others can be a powerful part of emotional healing. Consider connecting with others who have similar experiences or interests, whether through a support group, online forum, or community organization.
In conclusion, emotional healing is an essential aspect of holistic legacy planning - just as much as your meetings with your financial planner or estate law attorney. By addressing and healing any emotional scars, you can feel more freedom, fulfillment and satisfaction. Remember, it's never too early or too late to begin the journey of emotional healing and start creating a meaningful legacy in your personal agency.