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“Your past is not an excuse.”

“Your past is not an excuse.”

This is true. Your past is not an excuse. But it is an explanation—offering insight into the questions so many of us ask ourselves:

Why do I behave the way I behave? Why do I feel the way I do?

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So I’m not crazy? No. Your brain is doing exactly what you would expect it to do considering what you lived through.

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What happened to you as an infant has a profound impact on this capacity to love and be loved.

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Stress is not something to be afraid of or avoided. It is the controllability, pattern, and intensity of stress that can cause problems.

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We can help each other heal, but often assumptions about resilience and grit blind us to the healing that leads us down the painful path to wisdom.

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<p>In the wake of trauma, the ...

In the wake of trauma, the hardest thing to understand is that nothing and no one can take away the pain. And yet that’s exactly what we desperately want to do-because we are social creatures, subject to emotional contagion, and when we’re around people who are hurting, we hurt too. We don’t want...

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Very often, “what happened” takes years to reveal itself. It takes courage to confront our actions, peel back the layers of trauma in our lives, and expose the raw truth of our past. But this is where healing begins.

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You can’t give what you don’t get. If no one ever spoke to you, you can’t speak; if you have never been loved, you can’t be loving.

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The Pillars of Traditional Healing

The Pillars of Traditional Healing

The pillars of traditional healing were

1) connection to clan and the natural world;

2) regulating rhythm through dance, drumming, and song;

3) a set of beliefs, values, and st...

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What Does Trauma Do To Us?

Trauma leaves your shipwrecked. You are left to rebuild your inner world. Part of the rebuilding, the healing process, is revisiting the shattered hull of your old worldview; you sift through the wreckage looking for what remains, seeking your broken pieces…as you revisit the ship-wreck, piece by...

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