“There’s a lot of talk about “integrating” and “healing” traumatic experience which I believe has led to a lot of confusion.
We have to re-envision words like “integration” and “healing” for they can so easily lose their meaning, magic, and aliveness. Before we know it, these concepts can become further tools of shame, blame, and self-abandonment, enactments of an early environment lacking in empathic attunement, replaying the developmental trauma that colored the inner world of a tender, sensitive nervous system. We must breathe life back into these ideas in an imaginative, grounded, and creative way.
Often what is meant by “integrating” or “healing” trauma is that one day we will “get over it,” “transcend” it, “outgrow” it, meditate or somehow zap it away by the latest technique, or otherwise purge it from our psychic-emotional-somatic being. In my experience, this view of trauma is in large part inaccurate, aggressive, misguided, and at times even dangerous and violent. There are some things that happen to us that we will never “get over” nor would this even be an appropriate goal or lens to use in approaching the sacredness of the human temple.
But if what we mean by “integration” is discovering a place inside us where we can hold and contain our experience, make sense of what happened in new ways, bring together and illuminate the shards of dissociation, and discover deeper meaning, then these concepts can come alive again. Slowly, over time, we can begin to bear that which has been unbearable, providing sanctuary and safe passage for the pieces of the broken world to re-organize.
As we train ourselves to re-inhabit our bodies even in the face of profoundly disturbing experience, we can begin to weave a more "integrated" narrative of our lives, re-authoring the sacred story of who we are, what has happened to us, and how we are being called into a new future not yet known. We can gather the pieces and begin to trust in the validity of our experience again...” (continued in comments)
My duly yoga practice changed a lot. Before I used to focus on learning more new asanas investigating my borders. Last few months I am drilling my everyday routine almost without beautiful and sophisticated poses. Practice it’s your yoga 🧘♀️ time and you can do whatever you want and it’s your freedom which based on your yoga mat.
Allenare il corpo e la mente, parallelamente, questo è uno dei miei buoni propositi per il 2019, così come lo era nell’anno appena concluso. Allenarsi all’aria aperta in una giornata di sole però, è tutta un’altra storia. Oggi ho provato il nuovo completo firmato da @aliceliveing
(che se non conoscete ancora, andate a sbirciare il suo profilo subito), per @primark
. E voi, vi state allenando in questo Gennaio? Sfruttate i giorni senza pioggia, la mattina presto e la pausa pranzo. Non rimandare a domani ciò che potete fare oggi, si tratta solo di uscire di casa, questa è la parte più difficile dell’allenarsi in inverno. #yogateacher
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