Talking Back refers to the way we speak to ourselves which can be positive, negative, or neutral. Talking Forward refers to the way we speak to others. We speak to those we care for with intention and hold them gently in time of need, but we often don’t show ourselves the same gentle kindness. This activity asks you to reflect on a situation that has shaped you into the person you are today by engaging in storytelling.
For more on the topic, watch our Building Our Bundle Episode
Begin this activity by thinking of a situation that has shaped you into the person you are today. This can either be a positive or negative experience. Using the situation that you thought of, write about it using the third person, not as yourself. Write what thoughts and feelings were present at the time of the event. Read your story aloud to yourself and imagine someone you care about what telling you this story. Imagine them telling you as if it had happened to them. If someone you cared deeply about was telling you this story, how would you support them? What would you tell them in this situation? Reflect on the advice and support you would give to this person and say it aloud to yourself. Try your best to hear and believe these positive words. Use this technique to reframe negative thoughts and ideas about yourself.