Have you been uprooted? Do you FEEL uprooted? If so, the feelings of loss, loneliness, limbo and longing are all too familiar. 

You're not alone. Many people around the world who move or lose their home due to a variety of reasons all experience uprooting. 

Sometimes that uprooting is perceived as a positive event. Other times, it is traumatic. Some people are uprooted over and over until they feel they have no "roots" left.

No matter the circumstances, being uprooted leaves a mark on us, sometimes for years. Even those who were glad about the change may experience grief, anxiety, cultural stress, identity questions, isolation, anger, or shame. 

exposed roots showing loss and transition

The Soil

Because of the way we humans are wired, we may not associate current problems with the fact that we were uprooted - especially if it happened long ago. It's easy to blame current circumstances and never get to the root (pun intended!) of why it's hard to maintain healthy relationships, hard to settle, hard to rise above that underlying dissatisfaction or restlessness and live full lives. 

While it's true that not all problems are rooted in past pain, if you find yourself fighting in vain for change, it's worth taking a look to see if there are any connections.

The Seed

Whether your pain is past or present, you are not destined to live with silent sadness. The trauma that envelops you does not define you. Perhaps you didn't choose what happened to you, but you can choose who you want to be today. 

Facing the grief, the loss, the anger, takes courage. But it is as we grieve our losses - visible and invisible - that we can find comfort, context, and calm. 

What have you lost? What are your past losses robbing you of today? 

"When we are no longer able to change a situation -
we are challenged to change ourselves."

- Viktor Frankl

What now? 

Can you relate? What is your story? Is it time for you to thrive again? If so, please reach out. You may find individual sessions or safe process groups with other "uprooteds" to be helpful. I am currently offering a free 30-minute online consultation session

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. 
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself."

- Rumi

rootedness showing belonging and home

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