Healing Thought of the Week: The Weirdness of Traumatic Memory

Trauma recovery so often means recovering the memories and emotions you’ve tried to suppress for so long. I was surprised, as I was doing the work, to discover I didn’t always remember as much as I thought I would. Instead, I remembered only the big moments, or the moments that caught me off guard. Here’s how I explain in it my trauma recovery memoir:

When you’re frightened, it’s hard to remember all the physical details. But the emotional details–those incidents that your soul, however unwillingly, recorded–remain eternally clear: Terror. Chaos. Pain. Fear. In my body, every cell registered, memorized, and retained what scarred it in those moments.

In recovery, then, our job becomes releasing the charge that those moments hold, letting go of the intensity we still associate with them. There are many ways to do this, through meditation, therapy, alternative techniques…. There are so many ways to get where you want to go. Trust yourself to find the way.

(To read more from my trauma recovery memoir, click here to download an excerpt.)

You have enormous healing potential, the goal is learning to access it. Dig deep. You can do this. I believe in you!

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