I just read this article about My-Linh Le’s path to healing. A child of Vietnamese immigrants, Le grew up in a stressful environment borne of her parents’ trauma from before she was even born. Trauma can be passed down in the genes, and coupled with parental behavior influenced by that trauma affects children causing stress and confusion.
Like most children, Le first thought that all families were like hers but as she caught a glimpse of how others lived she understood that hers was different. As an adult, she caught herself mimicking behavior that frightened her.
Le set out to find out why things were the way they were and bravely approached her parents. “It wasn’t about forgiving anybody,” she says. “It wasn’t about me working through any of my own feelings.”
Sometimes the people you’d most like to approach aren’t always around to ask questions of. Writing a letter to them can help distill your feelings, even if you can’t find the answers you seek. Writing a letter to yourself expressing self compassion can help you realize moving on in peace is an option.
Read Le’s story here. and please share this project to be part of this global healing experience.