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Embodiment in Trauma Recovery | Dr. Arielle Schwartz

Trauma recovery can be achieved through mindful awareness as you learn to breathe and become fully aware of your emotions and sensations. With mindfulness you can grow to recognize the feelings that are often pushed away and not dealt with. With connection and understanding you can decide how to respond to the trauma that you have been learning to deal with. You become aware of your own emotions and responses, and it promotes a level of emotional intelligence as you learn to recognize other peoples emotions as well. We disconnect from painful emotions and in gentle awareness and compassion we can invite awareness. We also become aware when we disconnect from our own thoughts and feelings and our bodies response to trauma. We become aware of when we are disassociation as a protective mechanism. We can begin to work through that, slowly and with compassion. Your childhood can leave a lot of trauma behind, depending on how you were raised and cared for. You can start to achieve this mindfulness through yoga, meditation, tai chi, somatic therapy, or other mindfulness practices, such as walking in nature.

Key Takeaways:

  • Becoming Mindful of body awareness is key in Trauma recovery. You become aware of what burdens your body carries.
  • With gentle movement and breath you offer healing to your body and allow the defensiveness to reside, creating healing.
  • Pushing away unpleasant feelings and sensations does not deal with them. Easing into mindful awareness helps you decide how to respond to distress. Through meditation, yoga, tai chi, you can start.
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“The most important element for sustaining a regular embodiment practice is to find sufficient reward as you deepen into your healing.”

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