When we experience a traumatic situation the impact can linger in the mind, the body, and the spirit.
Trauma impacts both our mental circuitry and our embodied systems. The nervous system of a traumatized human being is often on high alert (called hypervigilance). Our forebrain, the prefrontal cortex (the part that makes decisions) is shut off during stressful times. There is no reasoning with someone who is an active fight/flight/freeze state. The body takes over to protect ourselves.
These experiences interrupt our ability to self-regulate (to take care of ourselves, and to calm the nervous system). Some of us get stuck in hypervigilant, anxious or angry states; others get stuck in the down-regulated state of depression, disconnection or a feeling of being numb. This is not our fault. It is a sign for the need of metabolization of the experience, and further processing so that we can return to a balanced, integrative space.
Trauma impacts each of us differently. Many of us carry within us the traumas of the generations before us (intergenerational trauma) a remnant of history from our ancestors. Also, each of us experiences traumatic interactions via our culture to different degrees (depending on socio-economic status, education, skin color, perceived gender, gender identity, body and mind abilities, etc.)
Intergenerational Trauma is the pain held by our ancestors and passed on for future generations to experience. The study of how trauma is passed down through our DNA is called epigenetics. There is hope.
Somatic psychotherapy is an integrative approach that addresses these challenges and provides a template for future health.
“Dare to consider that you are not broken simply because waves of sensation, emotion, and narrative are surging in and out of your open space, your raw heart, and your tender nervous system. You are not a project to be fixed, but a mystery coming into form. This doesn’t mean that you love these feelings or that it is easy or that you hope they stay forever. It simply means that you are no longer willing to abandon yourself or pathologize the movement of feeling with you.”
shared by Matt Licata
Below is an article I find inspirational: click on it to visit the author’s site.
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