CNM 007: Maribel Steps Out Of Her Comfort Zone To Heal

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Maribel is passionate about sharing her personal story with the world, and we reached her at just the right time to come on the podcast and share as part of our Share To Repair program. She shares great insight and life experience, as well as advice for other codependents.

Maribel was quiet and shy as a child. She learned aggressiveness from her father and how to be passive from her mother. She learned how to let people abuse her, and people often expressed their anger in an unhealthy way. As a result, she also started releasing her anger in unhealthy ways. She learned of codependency in a one-on-one session with a counselor. At the counselor’s recommendation, she attended her first CODA meeting. Maribel was painfully quite during her first several CODA meetings, but kept going back to try and understand what was going on in her life. The people there had different types of addictions, and she identified with that. For 7 or 8 years, Maribel gradually opened up and shared her life with others at the meetings. She learned some healthy practices to begin dealing with her negative emotions like anger. She started journaling and doing artistic and creative activities.

In this session, we discuss:

  • Growing up in a difficult household, an angry father and passive mother
  • Realizing codependency in her life and attending CODA meetings
  • Learning to like being alone and reflect
  • Starting healthy practices like journaling and meditation
  • Getting involved in activities like hiking, dancing
  • Why having FUN should be part of your recovery
  • How to test your new relational or social skills
  • Why it’s a good idea to get involved in groups and be around other people

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  1. Thanks for sharing! I like hearing how you are cultivating joy through dance!

  2. very courageous and helpful