There ain’t no future in the past
-country western song
Relaxing makes me nervous
In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality.
– Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The experience of Trauma on some level at some point is an inescapable part of being human. Whenever trauma is unprocessed and unresolved, it will keep us tethered to the past with significant energy resources devoted to preventing a re-occurrence even though the actual threat is no longer present in our lives. Our nervous system is doing its best to protect us but keeps us in a state of chronic activation in the process.
Our bodies have their own memory and wisdom which is why somatic protocols such as TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model) and EMDR (Eye Motion Desensitization and Reprocessing) have such proven track records in helping clients both honor and heal old wounds which allows our bodies to relax. Then we are free to engage with the world as it is before us and not find ourselves relentlessly fighting the shadows of the past.
I hold certifications in both EMDR and TRM and am happy to explain both protocols at further length and how them might be able to help you. You can reach me at 310.359.9445 or email me here.