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The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma. Trauma, Van der Kolk notes, affects not only those who have suffered it but also those who surround them and, especially, those who love them.
He writes: One does not have be a combat soldier, or visit a refugee camp in Syria or the Congo to encounter trauma. Trauma happens to us, our friends, our families, and our neighbors. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that one in five Americans was sexually molested as a child; one in four was beaten by a parent to the point of a mark being left on their body; and one in three couples engages in physical violence. A quarter of us grew up with alcoholic relatives, and one out of eight witnessed their mother being beaten or hit.[…]It takes tremendous energy to keep functioning while carrying the memory of terror, and the shame of utter weakness and vulnerability. Fixing Rape Culture is a Big Project. Here's Step One. Supporting Your Partner in Their Healing from Sexual Trauma.
5 Simple Self Care Steps to Heal Shame. Shame is that silent cringe that ties your power up in a knot.
It is that crippling energy that dampens the pleasures of life. We’ve all had moments of shame, maybe you said something mean in a heated moment, maybe you didn’t honor a commitment you made, or maybe something just happened that you felt responsible for and it didn’t go well. Of course, there is healthy shame, which is the awareness that you’ve done something, that if given the opportunity to do it again you’d do it differently. Healthy shame creates the opportunity to learn and grow from our mistakes. But, there is also an unhealthy shame, which stems from the belief that we must be held in a prison of paralysis and be punished for our badness. RELEASING PAIN. Directed by Matt Holwick Releasing Pain "We're not supposed to spend our time healing, we're supposed to heal to live.
" ENDPAIN sits down for a brief conversation on fundamental healing with expert Nkem Ndefo. Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear – Neuroscience News. Summary: A new study reports the rhythm of your breathing can influence neural activity that enhances memory recall and emotional judgement.
Source: Northwestern University. Breathing is not just for oxygen; it’s now linked to brain function and behavior. Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall. How Doctors Take Women's Pain Less Seriously. Early on a Wednesday morning, I heard an anguished cry—then silence.
I rushed into the bedroom and watched my wife, Rachel, stumble from the bathroom, doubled over, hugging herself in pain. “Something’s wrong,” she gasped. This scared me. How to Overcome Sexual Repression ⋆ LonerWolf. When was the last time you experienced a fierce throb burn in your loins and travel through your body like electricity?
When did you last experience intense desire and passion consume you like wildfire? If you’re experiencing sexual repression your answer will probably be “once in a blue moon,” or perhaps even “NEVER.” Unfortunately this may mean that you suffer from a host of physical and emotional problems such as fatigue, chronic tension, low self-esteem, irritability, aggression and insomnia. Shame – The Scary but Rewarding Journey of Working Through Your Shadows – Mariah Freya. Do you love uncomfortable moments so that you can work through your shit?
Most people don’t. By the way, shit here stands for: emotional shadow, shame, fear, guilt, worries and other scary emotions. I know a few folks (but in my experience that’s a rare species :-)) who love, seek or even put themselves voluntarily into uncomfortable situations so that they can work through their own stuff quicker. Why Your Vagina Isn't Broken + How Trauma Affects Sexual Response. The Effect Of Stress And Trauma On Female Sexuality.
I’m a fan of the podcast “On Being” and it’s host Krista Tippettt.
I listen to them while I walk in the woods. Krista has introduced me to so many new ideas and it was on one such walk, that this sex educator that specializes in the needs of women met Dr. Rachel Yehuda and the brand new science of “Epigenetics.” Listening to this podcast was alike a bolt of lightening coming down from the sky. 7 Unique Ways to Transform Sexual Trauma into Orgasmic Bliss. About Me Beth is a visionary coach, speaker, author, shamanic and holistic health practitioner with close to a decade of experience transforming people’s lives.
She holds a BA from UC Berkeley, a minister’s license from The Church of Divine Man, is a Certified Plant Spirit Healer, and holds two independent certifications in herbal medicine. She’s passionate about helping people transform sexual trauma into empowerment in all aspects of life. Although it’s SO not fun to talk about, there’s a glaring legacy of sexual assault and rape in our culture.