Trauma Victims deal with sensations in the body

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“Trauma victims cannot recover until they become familiar with and befriend the sensations in their bodies. . . . Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.”

Bessel van der Kolk

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My two cents: Trauma is stored in the mind and body, we have certain areas where our trauma manifests.

Mine is around my solar plexus.

The secret is learning to observe these sensations without judgment or reaction.

If we do not sit still with our awareness intently focused, how will we ever know our internal world (reality).

The more familiar I became with my trauma, the more I understood its mechanism.

Trauma needs fear to exist.

When my fight or flight mechanism lost power, life took a giant step towards healing.

Takes practice and courage to face our adrenal stress response, calmly.

If you are like me, looking to the past brings agony, making any comparison to others can drive us nuts and predicting the future has to much worry.

The only place that is free for me is this moment, empty of thought, empty of loss and most of traumas impact.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dom Q on June 26, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Knowing our triggers, and where they manifest is probably the best approach for people suffering from multiple complexe traumas. For me, I tend to dissociate a lot, maybe 60% of every day.

    I tried EMDR, working with different targets of different severity, and it had some benefits, but this would be years of intense therapy, needing 3 days of emotional and physical recovery after every session. Now that I am on full disability, I can focus on this, and the fibromyalgia severe flairs, often baught on by anxiety. Easier said than done…

    When my therapist switched our approach to dealing with triggers and physiological responses with the EMDR, I started realizing I can control the intensity and avoid a mental breakdown. This was much more effective and gave me more tools to deal with new repressed memories that get triggered and cause relapse.

    This said, I have to get back to it, as I have regressed… And COVID complicates things quite a bit, but won’t let it get the best of me.

    It’s a lifetime battle I would wish to no one.

  2. I did EMDR, depends on the therapist, I did bio feedback also.

    I did not benefit slot from these two, but know they are beneficial.

    I think we heal in increments and different therapies can move the ball forward.

    Dissociating is the key

    Your scoreboard would read

    Time spent in past 60%
    Time spent in present 40%

    PTSD fuels in intrusive thought, it is jet fuel.

    Remember what fires together wires together

    Where we place our attention grows where we withhold withers. And dies

    60% of day you are fueling that demon.

    Meditation changed my dissociating habits

    Unless something explodes I rarely spend time fueling past trauma

    Some of the little habits I developed meditating daily made huge changes

  3. When my therapist switched our approach to dealing with triggers and physiological responses with the EMDR, I started realizing I can control the intensity and avoid a mental breakdown. This was much more effective and gave me more tools to deal with new repressed memories that get triggered and cause relapse.

    This is wise

    Try only one thing at a time one symptom

    Like using a laser instead of shotgun

    You will find out healing heads toward what we fear not away

    Meditation gave me a way to focus and observe when those triggers exploded

    If you can stay present slowing your breath Ptsd loses power

    When your fight or flight calms down the impetus to fear thoughts now has lost it hammer

    Your breath controls your nervous system
    So with your breath you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system the brakes

    That anxiety can be dissipated with aerobic exercise and focused meditation

    Your fibromyalgia will calm along with your pain level

  4. Posted by isidrobuquiron7876 on June 27, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    For me as if all the trauma is trapped in the body and it feels very suffocating and extremely difficult to deal with…..perhaps the price to pay for ages
    of neglect and resistance.

  5. Ptsd grows worse as it ages
    Remember surrender to the storyline

    That is use your heart as a butterfly net and catch the agitation in your body

    Meditation is the way we explore ou inner world

    Master ten long slow breaths

    The trauma stored in the body needs attention through entertaining the storyline

    Calm the nervous system first
    Calm the fight or flight mechanism

    Stay present, focused when trauma erupts and it will lose power

  6. Posted by rudid96 on June 27, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Amen!

  7. Thank you for sharing! I know some of my fears, but I’ve been having trouble not succumbing to the fight or flight responses. I’ll use your advice here to try to do better. Thank you! Wishing you well on your journey ❤️

  8. Remember we are not trying to squash or exert any force on our body sensations or fight or flight mechanism

    Try to observe with a curious intent

    Feel your defense mechanism dump cortisol, that big jolt in the solar plexus, just a powerful neurotransmitter sling with other changes.

    Breathe into the center of it

    Enjoy its power

    It is your defense mechanism, your friend

    It is just firing erroneously from old trauma memories

    The Danger has gone the storyline brings the danger

    We are not thinking when we observe and breathe into our agitation

    Nothing to think about

    Good luck

    Nothing new comes easy and it takes persistence everyday and you will succeed

    I can help you meditate and focus on zoom if you feel comfortable

  9. Thanks for the tips. You’re right. Trying to squash fight or flight is a terrible habit. It’s hard not to when it changes everything about you. “Radical acceptance” I think it’s what you’re referring to. Yes, I’ll try that more. Would love to zoom some time, thanks.

  10. Meditation takes aim directly at our internal agitation, like depression, Ptsd or other disorders

    It is like a Roto rooter what we fear what trauma and unworthiness is directly in our path

    Build your focus when things are calm

    When a trigger goes off have a plan

    Build 10 slow focused breaths you can do without thought

    You can discourage a fight or flight eruptions with ten long slow fly used breaths

    Or take most of its power away

    You have to learn you can impact it you can calm it or use it when needed

    Our breath and our focus are the basic tools

    People try to do to much and make things complex

    I did the opposite

    Start small and expand

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