No matter in which form someone experiences trauma, it always has a physical reaction to it as well as an emotional or mental. Our bodies take that trauma in, we are affected by it on a cellular level. Often, we don’t realise that, as it happens. Mostly, we don’t. So there are lumps and heaps of trauma in our bodies, unseen, unheard and unhealed. I tend to think of those heaps as an entity who has it’s own life and starts to navigate our lifes through repeated patterns of behaviour. Unless we dig in there and expose them to light. Not pleasant to reach deep down and get them out, but the only way to heal. As far as my humble experience goes.
It’s Julie Martin and myself conversing about this topic.
(The mentioned interview with Bessel van der Kolk is to be found on our “Daily Inspiration” page.)