Are you ready to embrace a life of deep fulfillment where you don’t just survive, but thrive?
In today’s episode of the Created To Thrive podcast, “Understanding How Bitterness Develops: Practical Steps Towards Healing and Growth,” we dive deep into his often overlooked emotion that can silently consume our hearts and minds.
Host Lori K. Snyder and guest Lisa Pinney candidly discuss how hurt and prolonged anger can lead to bitterness, and offer insights into healing from abuse, trauma, and how to find healing and support in processing difficult emotions.
Lori introduces the topic, emphasizing that bitterness is an emotion that can be difficult to process and that this conversation discusses molestation and abuse, which might be triggering for some listeners, especially those who have experienced abuse or difficult situations. She vulnerably shares her own experiences and struggles with bitterness, acknowledging its impact on their lives.
Bitterness is a complex emotion, closely tied to feelings of helplessness, jealousy, rejection, and a lack of love or understanding. Our hosts explore the root causes of bitterness, emphasizing how long-standing feelings of being trapped or misunderstood contribute to its growth. They stress the importance of bringing these feelings into the light and finding non-judgmental listeners to help alleviate the weight of bitterness.
They discuss the importance of being seen, known, and validated, drawing from biblical examples like Hagar and Tamar. However, they also stress that forgiveness is essential but does not automatically equate to healing. Healing requires ongoing work, honesty, and vulnerability. They highlight the significance of finding non-judgmental support, such as therapy or coaching, to walk through the healing process. They emphasize the need for trauma-informed support and caution against simplistic advice like “just pray more” that can be harmful.
They encourage listeners to acknowledge their emotions, remove masks, and be honest with themselves and God. They share the significance of finding safe people to confide in and seek support from, as healing often happens in relationship with others.
Throughout the conversation, they emphasize the role of self-compassion, breaking down harmful beliefs, and cultivating new neural pathways in the brain to overcome bitterness and its effects. The episode concludes with the importance of partnering with God in the healing process, recognizing the significance of cultivating the heart and beliefs.
Connect with guest, Lisa Pinney https://www.wholenessinpractice.com
Lisa Pinney is the developer of a new app, called The Get Attuned app, which is a tool that allows its users to privately take care of their emotions at home. It is now available in the Google play store, and soon to be in Apple app store.