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Yesterday I did a trauma training for a group of survivors at a clinic here in my hometown. In these workshops I teach about how trauma changes your brain, plus how to work toward reversing the changes.
When I opened up the seminar to a discussion format the conversation turned toward something survivors everywhere talk about: The lack of control you experience. One woman said,
“The problem is, sometimes you lose control and it’s just not possible to gain it back — ever.”
I respectfully disagreed. Yes, the world at large is out of our control. But that’s not control you can “lose” because it’s not control you ever had it to begin with.
The real control you lose is your internal sense of control; your ability to control your safety, experience, reaction, etc., in any moment.
While it can take work and results can be slower than you wish, reclaiming your control over yourself is something you definitely can do. For sure, shifting from powerless to powerful can come from big gestures and experiences.
But here’s the thing to remember: it can also come from creating small experiences throughout the day. Your brain has the ability to change in every single second, so what you do in any moment can cause terrific alterations that help you progress recovery.
The vid above offers a simple, 3-step process you can use all day to help engage and change your brain in positive and powerful ways.
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