The first time I heard the word “agency” in the context of wellness, I felt lost. As a native Spanish speaker and communications professional, my mind immediately went to an advertising agency or agency -organization. Little did I know that this term held a profound meaning when it came to personal healing and growth. As I explore deeper into its significance (This episode from Michael Unbroken helped me to start exploring the concept) I began to reflect on the times I had unknowingly incorporated agency as a powerful tool in my own healing journey. In my exploration about agency, here’s what I learned.
Understanding Agency in the Context of Healing:
Agency refers to one’s capacity to make choices and take intentional actions that shape their own well-being. It is the empowering realization that we have control over our lives and possess the ability to direct our healing process. While external factors and circumstances may impact us, agency teaches us that we can still influence our thoughts, emotions, and actions.
I remember I was at the limit of burnout, unhappy and scared to experiment a different lifestyle that prioritize my wellbeing and healing. I was afraid to quit a job, start a business and take back my power to lead and live a life in my own terms.
Embracing Personal Responsibility:
When we embrace agency as a tool for healing, we acknowledge that we are not passive recipients of our circumstances. We take ownership of our experiences and actively seek ways to navigate through them. Instead of waiting for external forces to fix us, we recognize the power within ourselves to initiate change and foster growth. This mindset shift empowers us to actively participate in our healing journey.
I realized that I had the power to change my circumstances and to trust that It was possible to create the life I wanted, that It was possible to be active in the economic system, to create value in a more balanced and healthy way were treating myself while healing was my No. 1 priority.
Agency begins with self-awareness, the foundation upon which personal healing is built. By developing a deep understanding of our thoughts, emotions, and patterns of behavior, we gain insights into our wounds and traumas. This awareness allows us to identify the areas that require healing and empowers us to make conscious choices aligned with our well-being. Through introspection and reflection, we uncover our strengths, resilience, and the capacity to heal.
Taking Inspired Action:
Agency is not merely about acknowledging our power; it also involves taking inspired action. Armed with self-awareness, we can make intentional choices that support our healing process. This may involve seeking therapy, practicing self-care, setting boundaries, or engaging in activities that promote emotional and physical well-being. By taking action, we actively shape our lives and pave the way for transformative healing.
This is the part thatwas exciting and frightening, and it has changed my life for the past year and a half. However, it is the part that will last forever andheal not only myself but also future generations. The moment to take action! That jump and leap of faith. Faith in myself, faith that I have the ability and that I deserve a better lifestyle that prioritizes my wellbeing. This faith is what also allows me to confidently advocate for myself, loved ones and community. We live in an imperfect world with systems that were not created with our best interest in mind. Agency allows us to see this and push back.
Navigating Challenges and Celebrating Progress:
The healing journey is not linear, and setbacks are inevitable. However, agency equips us with the resilience to navigate these challenges. When faced with obstacles, we can tap into our inner strength, reevaluate our strategies, and adjust our course. Embracing agency means acknowledging that setbacks are opportunities for growth rather than reasons to give up. By celebrating our progress, no matter how small, we reinforce the belief in our ability to heal.
On Monday despite the actions I am taking to heal, I was feeling so lost and depressed. However, I was able to allow myself to experience my feelings, be sad, and cry. I reflected on what was causing those emotions and was able to pivot, resulting in feeling better as the week progressed.
Support and Collaboration:
While agency emphasizes individual empowerment, it does not mean we have to face our healing journey alone. Seeking support from loved ones, therapists, support groups, or mentors can be instrumental in our growth. These connections provide us with additional tools, perspectives, and encouragement. Sharing our experiences and learning from others helps us broaden our understanding of agency and healing.
This has been key in my healing journey to date, having the TYSAH Community, Gaby my co-Founder, other friends, my exercise and yoga practice, nutrition, medicine and my therapist. We can not heal alone. I don’t think it would be possible.
Discovering the true meaning of agency in the context of healing has been transformative for me. It has empowered me to take control of my own well-being, recognizing that I have the power to heal and grow. By cultivating self-awareness, taking inspired action, navigating challenges, and seeking support, I continue to harness the transformative power of agency on my healing journey. Remember, you too possess agency—a remarkable tool for healing—and you have the power to shape your own path toward well-being. If you want to learn more about agency, don’t miss our July event with Dr. Dixon.