When Rainbow gets into fisticuffs with the neighbourhood cats, running home with a tail the size of a toiletbrush in fright, I let her decide if she wants to go straight back out or stay home.
Normally, she opts to go back out and while a part of me worries, my trauma work means I’m also in awe of her honouring the body’s natural healing capacities. By doing whatever she needs to do, the trauma of the fight is less likely to get stuck in her body.
Peter Levine’s wonderful book, Waking the Tiger, might be of interest if you’re a trauma survivor (or work with trauma in any way). By honouring the body’s need to complete the movements that may have been stuck when it simply wasn’t safe for us to fight back so we froze, even decades later, we can release that stuck energy.
With any kind of stress, the more we can pay attention to what our bodies need from us (a run? A nap? A stretch? A hug?) and honour that wisdom, the faster we can feel more like ourselves again.
While you’ll probably want to work with a trauma therapist for larger issues, how does it feel, right now (if appropriate) to notice what you’re most conscious of in your body? How might you safely complete any stuck action that got trapped in your past (maybe this morning when you bit your tongue instead of saying what you really thought, maybe a long time ago)?
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