You can free yourself and heal from the residual effects of hurt and trauma
“Traumatic events destroy the sustaining bonds between individual and community. Those who have survived learn that their sense of self, of worth, of humanity, depends upon a feeling of connection with others. The solidarity of a group provides the strongest protection against terror and despair, and the strongest antidote to traumatic experience. Trauma isolates; the group re-creates a sense of belonging. Trauma shames and stigmatizes; the group bears witness and affirms. Trauma degrades the victim; the group exalts her. Trauma dehumanizes the victim; the group restores her humanity.” ~ Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery.
The problem and the solution: Connection and Safety
“The nervous system expects and craves reciprocal, synchronous interactions. We’re wired for that. Safety involves connection, not just a lack of danger. A child experiences a lack of connection as threatening.” trauma expert Dr Gabor Maté
Learn and understand how the events in our lives impact us on all levels – body, breath, energy and thought. Experiences of abuse, neglect and feeling unsafe trigger our fight/ flight/ freeze response. This survival system activation generates a cascade of cortisol, adrenaline and other chemicals. Our central nervous system goes into a state of hyper-vigilance that can last for decades and we naturally seek ways to self-soothe and down-regulate our level of distress. Trauma and our survival instinct underlie addiction, compulsive and catastrophic thinking, anxiety and suffering. What we may see as failures on our part are actually normal responses to traumatic experience that served a purpose at the time.
The Living Inquiries allow us to freeze-frame and look directly and safely at what is driving fear and anxiety. Associations of thought/memory velcroed with energy are seen and released. Safety IS the treatment.
I work with people individually, in groups and during intensive retreat workshops. Detail here.
Join us free any day at 8AM Eastern for a 1/2 hour of free guided practice to down-regulate your nervous system, relax and breathe. http://zoom.us/j/645904638
2018 workshop retreats:
In this experiential workshop we do practices to begin and deepen trust in yourself and nurture authentic kindness and compassion within. We cover the essentials of “how it works” so you understand your body, feelings, nervous system, shame, judgment and the essential role of social trust. You will strengthen your capacity to see through and release identification with experiences that commonly lead to core deficiency beliefs of unworthiness, unlovability – that feeling like there is something basically wrong with you.
Yoga is a complementary practice for healing trauma. We breathe and inhabit our bodies. Mindfulness allows us to learn about our own mind and reactions. This workshop is based on the principles of healing our whole system with yoga, inquiry and meditation integrated with current medical science of trauma, recovery and resilience.