freedomChild abuse is a serious problem around the world. Many children are severely mistreated, beaten, starved and neglected on a daily basis. Some of these children do not get help before it is too late and sadly pay the ultimate price.

In a recent study, it was discovered that when statistically speaking, 1 out of 12 children are abused every day in the United States!

We have all seen the stories on the news of parents being arrested for beating their children, breaking their children’s bones and even locking them in small spaces.

One particular story I saw on the news over a year ago still sends chills down my spine and breaks my heart.

There was a small girl who lived with several different members of her family under the same household. Neighbors were constantly calling child protective services because they feared the little girl was being abused as well as the other children in the house.

For some reason, CPS was never able to discover any evidence of neglect or abuse. Without evidence, they could not take the children and the abuse continued.

The news report stated that the children continued to be abused for years. The abuse the girl and her siblings endured included physical violence, mental abuse, and neglect. The report also stated that the children in the house would get in trouble for trying to get food out of the refrigerator, even though none of the adults would prepare them meals.

This all lead up to one day where the little girl wanted a treat. She decided to try and sneak a popsicle out of the freezer. Once the adults in the house had discovered what she had done, the little girl was locked inside of a chest at the foot of a bed.

This poor child was kept inside of this box for days, and according to reports, it was not uncommon for this child to be placed in this chest. She eventually suffocated and passed away.

It is important that we are all aware of the realness of child abuse. It is happening every day and may even involve a family that you know.

Some of the more common signs of child abuse would include:
•    Bruises
•    Changes in behavior
•    Constant fear
•    Not wanting to go home
•    Difficulty in school
•    Social problems

The effects of prolonged child abuse can stick with a person for many years, it can even influence their adult life. There are however ways in which you can begin to repair your own wounds or help another person heal theirs.

It is not uncommon for people who are or were victims of child abuse to hold in deep feelings of anger, hate, and depression. It is important that these suppressed emotions are brought out and healed in an appropriate manner.

One method that is very helpful for doing this is meditating. The reason for this is the fact that meditation offers those who practice it a way to connect to their inner-self and balance their emotions and thoughts.

There are also many calming effects that can be provided by meditating. This calming effect will help a great deal with the anxiety and fear that those who were abused likely feel throughout the day.

Another things that you may want to consider is using affirmations throughout the day. Being abused as a child can cause a person to have serious self-worth issues. You can begin to repair this by saying a few simple statements each day. For example, you may want to consider looking into a mirror and telling yourself, “I am a good person” or “I am loveable and I can love.” Affirmations are very powerful and the more you use them, the more they will work.

Another thing that those who were abused as children should consider is forgiving their parents or whoever the source of the abuse was. The forgiveness is not for the benefit of the abusers but rather for the benefit of the person who was abused. It may seem odd but it is true that the act of forgiving these people will allow you to move on with your life and let go of all the pain held within.

For the first time in a long time, you will smile!

There are many benefits that yoga and certain meditation exercises can provide. Some people may not be very familiar with meditation though and this can present some difficulty. Another added difficulty is the fact that certain steps need to be followed closely during meditation or the person will not get the full benefit from the process.

For this reason, I am glad to tell you that there are audio recordings that guide you through personal development meditations. These recordings go into great detail and make everything easy to understand and do correctly.

Turn those tears into a smile and begin enjoying your life again!

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