“A spoonful of sugar makes the trauma recovery go down” @janetheclapp (check out her awesome post)
Once a week I try to make it out to the trails, run or hike - enjoy the view, sounds, and feel all the feels.
I’ve been reflecting so much recently on how this has helped with my healing process and makes keeping my sh*t together so much sweeter.
After several years geeking out on trauma and well , trying sooo hard to heal , I often found myself in collapse or freeze in certain situations.
You see all this understanding of the impact of trauma on the body is that more is not always more - learning more theory, knowledge and bringing more awareness doesn’t automatically mean recovery and moving from survive to thrive.
What I have found for myself is this
Play. Connection. Pleasure. Nature. Nourishment. Curiosity. Embodied Movement.
These have been key essentials to my body coming back to a sense of aliveness.
Engaging in these things (including time spent with my daughter & teaching) has also been super effective for coming back to life - a thawing out in the places and spaces where I was numb and dancing between survive and thrive - rather than becoming the most cognitively informed.
Because all this acquiring of book knowledge is only as effective as our ability for it to be integrated into our everyday living ❤️