Updated: Feb 2
As an avid reader and seeker of knowledge about the healing of trauma, I have encountered various theories and practices from pop psychology to academic perspectives. From my exploration of the topic, I have come to understand that to heal from past trauma, we must revisit and rewrite our experiences in the present moment.
Initially, this concept may seem overwhelming and frightening, even overly simplistic. However, as I have learned and practiced, the act of revisiting trauma in a safe and intentional way can lead to true liberation and healing.
Recently, I was presented with an opportunity to put this understanding into practice. My son, who was experiencing verbal, emotional, and physical abuse from his father, sought refuge with me. As I waited for him to arrive, I felt the familiar claws of trauma begin to grip me, causing fear, rage, and panic to resurface.
But instead of succumbing to these emotions, I allowed myself to fully feel them, reaching out to my support system for guidance and comfort. Through self-care practices such as journaling, breathing, and taking a bath, I sat with my emotions and consciously wrote a new narrative for myself and my son.
By intentionally choosing to approach my past trauma differently, I was able to release its hold on me and find solace in the present moment. This, I believe, is the key to true healing and liberation from the chains of trauma.