PTSD Healing Thought of the Week: It is possible to feel better


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I’m always really honest with you, so I’ll tell you this: there were frequent days along my quest for trauma recovery that I really didn’t know whether or not I’d make it. I didn’t know what I was doing, how I was going to do it, who would or could help me, and whether or not I was doing the right thing.

One day things got so bad I decided I needed to do something that would make me feel better — that had nothing to do with trauma or symptoms of posttraumatic stress recovery! I just innocently decided I needed a little joy infusion. I knew that when I dance I feel like I can transcend trauma and get into a joyful, free space. So, I decided to dance, a lot!

Because I live in a small beach town which means I can’t go clubbing every night, I signed up for ballroom dance classes every day. From that daily hour or two that I spent feeling connected to a joyful experience, here’s the amazing thing I discovered:

The more I dance, the less I care about the past. The more I dance, the more I feel joy, the more generous I become with myself, the more I live in the present, the more I let myself off the trauma hook, the less important the past becomes. Perhaps defining a self begins with simply making the first choice, simply rising up and deciding what you desire, and then methodically, like writing, putting one word after the other until you have created a whole self and a whole life in the process.  (BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED)

Hard to believe that something so simple can bring such results, isn’t it? And yet, the idea of deflection is an old one for helping the mind to gain distance, room to process and resilience.

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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