PTSD Recovery Tip: Stay Present and Let Your Mind Wander

This week, in addition to the recovery tip, I’ve also got a chance for you to win a seat in an online trauma recovery class. Make sure you scroll down to the radio section to get all the juicy details about the Truth Project II: Healing With Imagery and Ritual…

Last week I was on ‘The Women’s Hour’ on Conscious Talk Radio. The host, Brenda Michaels, interviewed me about PTSD and my posttraumatic stress disorder recovery memoir, BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future. On the show we discussed the whole process of coping with trauma and how it can put in place habits and symptoms of PTSD that are survival oriented – and then we get stuck in them. Which made me think about this:

In my PTSD recovery I noticed this interesting sort of phenomenon: I could go for weeks or months without having any epiphany that helped me move forward. Then, there would be a day that the epiphany was so enormous it catapulted me into a whole new phase of moving forward.

As a matter of fact, just before my recovery moved into a critical space that would later lead to my full freedom, I had one of those days when my clarity was sudden and startling. It all began with a big health scare: At the age of just thirty-seven I was diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis. My doctor told me that if we didn’t get it reversed my bones would start to crumble ‘spontaneously.’

I ran out of the doctor’s office and burst into gasping, sobbing tears. And then, I started thinking about all the things that were wrong with me. Mostly, my thoughts were about the multiple health problems I had (which I later discovered were PTSD-related) and the sadness and depression in which I lived. I stood looking out over the East River on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and unexpectedly realized I lived in extraordinary fear and then…

Leaning against the railing, listening to the city’s sirens and car and truck horns, the human voices and shouts, anger suddenly surged through me. It wasn’t fair so many lives continued moving forward while I stood in the freezing cold, paralyzed by fear and sadness. I tried to blame fate. But fate, like faith, likes neither to be pinned down nor burdened with human qualities. How, then, had I become so bound by fear? What held me to it? Out of the silence and blankness of my mind, the answer stepped forward with unwanted, unexpected clarity: I did. I did it by my continued habitual reaction to that long-ago crisis. (BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED)

I went on to figure out how to break all the negative habits that had imprisoned me. You can do this too. Part of figuring out what to do is to stay present and let your mind wander. It’s amazing how your thoughts can guide you to the root of what’s wrong and then what to do about if you stand back and let them.


PTSD Memoir Jacket ImageMy PTSD recovery memoir will be released this week, on Wednesday! Wait ’til you see what a party you and I are going to have! FREE with your copy of the book you will receive over $1,900 in PTSD support resources. How cool is that? I asked my colleagues to do something really special for you and they came through for me in a HUGE way. Check out all the book launch goodies here.

You can read a part of how I healed posttraumatic stress disorder today by downloading a part of the book here.


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All through the month of April we’re discussing hope for post-trauma recovery. Click here to see my upcoming guests on YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA.

This week I’ll be chatting with Mark Nepo (one of Oprah’s faves) and coach Stephanie Gagos; both are trauma survivors and we’ll be talking about how trauma impacts identity.

Special this week:  In honor of the release of my trauma recovery memoir Stephanie has donated 2 seats in her upcoming ecourse, Truth Project II: Healing With Imagery and Ritual. These special opportunities will be given away to callers during the live broadcast.

Stephanie describes the course:

This 7 week E-Course (weekly art and coaching videos, content pdfs and digital art sheets to use in your own art) includes imagery to help women access the recurring images in the story of their trauma as well as discover very personal healing images that can be used in the healing process. Members of the course will use art and journaling exercises to express and move through some of the feelings associated with their trauma, create and use rituals to begin to reclaim parts that they feel they have lost or have been buried underneath the trauma, and receive support from myself and others throughout the seven week process.

Click here for more info and to listen live.

Want ideas about how to deal with depression, change, and healing? Want to know how to find treatments that work and proof that your past can be overcome?

Listen to past episodes of YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA here.


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