PART I: SELF CONNECTION
Our sense of security and trust (in ourselves, in others, and in reality itself) often starts with our family environment – the foundation upon which our personality, future relationships, and physical/psychological health is based.
As children, we may have experienced varying degrees of material and emotional security. Even if the caregivers and authority figures in our lives had the best of intentions and were generally supportive and loving people, it’s likely that we did not come out of our early years without experiencing some form of disappointment, loss, betrayal, boundary violation, or traumatic event.
For some of us, there may have been times when our needs for respect, positive self-regard, emotional, psychological or physical safety were severely threatened or violated (worse yet, by the very people who professed to have our best interest at heart.)
4. TRUST & TRAUMA
Essay by Katarzyna Vedah. June 2, 2018
Having our security and trust compromised in this way could have shaken us to the core, leading to a chronic feeling of being unsafe in the world, and damaging our ability to trust ourselves and others.
The shock and pain of such experiences may stay stuck in our minds, hearts and bodies like shrapnel unless we learn to process the energy out of our system and find our resilience again, cultivating our inner resources and core value so as to build a stronger foundation from which to take root and explore the world with a reclaimed sense of our own power and capability.
As adults, we can choose to “consciously let go of what belittles us and makes us suffer” (Guy Corneau, Lessons in Love), so as to let go of our illusions and seek the best sources of support to aid in our healing.
We can hone our discernment and choose what we accept from others and what we don’t, knowing when our boundaries have been crossed and how to defend our limits - not with aggression or in retaliation, but with self-awareness, respect and grace.
VIDEO (YouTube): School of Life
VIDEO (YouTube): TED
DOCU-SERIES: The Nature of Things
Paper Tigers (James Redford)
Tell Me Who I Am (Ed Perkins)
The Work (Aldous & McLeary)
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
MEMORY-SCAPES & SHADOW-LANDS
HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
HEALING FROM CHILDHOOD TRAUMA
VIDEO (YouTube): School of Life
VIDEO (YouTube): TED Talk
VIDEO (YouTube): Crappy Childhood Fairy
WEBSITE: Crappy Childhood Fairy
HEALING THE FRACTURED SELF
VIDEO (YouTube): Gerlach
WEBSITE: Break the Cycle - Peter Gerlach
How to Trust Yourself (Teal Swan)
Healing of Trauma (Emotion Dynamics)
Dissociation: Why it Happens (Kati Morton)
Physical Signs of Past Trauma (MedCircle)
Rebounding from Trauma (Sounds True)
Reframe a Traumatic Experience (NICABM)
WEBSITE: Somatic Experiencing
By Peter A. Levine & Ann Frederick
VIDEO (YouTube): Therapy in a Nutshell
BOOK / WEBSITE: Moving Beyond Trauma.
EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS
COLLECTIVE TRAUMA, GRIEF & RESILIENCE
VIDEOS (YouTube): TED
WEB ARTICLE: BBC Future
By Ed Prideaux.
VIDEO: Minnesota Men's Conference
VIDEOS (YouTube): Thomas Hübl
WEBSITE: Thomas Hübl
By Thomas Hübl, Julie Jordan Avritt
What is Resilience? (Keynote Speakers)
Resilience Resources (Roots of Empathy)
Relevant Interventions (Roots of Empathy)
Build Resilience to a Secure Life (Teal Swan)