BUT...in the face of a traumatic memory,
our response is not always our choice.
I discovered the only way I could find myself, increase my ability to heal, was to, first look at my false narratives, and my need to feel "normal" by putting on a facade that everything about my life was okay -- in truth, it was not okay.
Instead, I realized that I was without the necessary tools and recovery support that was needed in order for me to feel, allow, and acknowledge my trauma. By doing so, the falsehoods began to melt away and my story was no longer something outside of myself, rather, became integrated and connected to the person I am today and to my inner compassion.
Yes, this took about a decade -- but it changed my life for the better in ways
I could not have imagined.
Trauma is real.
The effects of trauma are long lasting.
They are an indelible part of our story.
I became committed to use my depth of experience and compassion to educate and serve others through coaching, blogging, workshops, being a mental health family educator and speaking at organizations, corporations and schools.
This month's blog offers a Trauma Tool-Kit written by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
As always, thanks for reading and sharing your comments!
Diana and Jan