Today after yoga class, I had a discussion with my incredible yoga instructor about childhood trauma, adult trauma and trauma release. Trauma Release Exercises or TRE are a big thing in Los Angeles at the moment and have become much more prominent and talked about in the last couple of years.
None of us gets through life unscathed. We all have suffered some sort of trauma and in varying degrees. Yet most of us are reluctant to identify our stressful or damaging experiences as trauma. Trauma makes it sound major, like something that needs professional care to get over – and it usually is and does. And who wants to self identify as the victim of trauma? But just because you have a traumatic experience doesn’t mean you have to be a victim of it; you can move on.
TRE is only one of many methods to work through and/or release or dissipate past traumas. (all roads lead to Rome!) In my own personal life and career I have found that a combination of talk therapy and physical body work to be most effective. Some other methods of Trauma Release include, Network Spinal Analysis (my personal favorite), Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Breath Work, Somato Respiratory Integration, Rolfing, Gestalt Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Regression Therapy and Sound Healing are some of the top methods, and yes, I have personally experienced and explored all of them.
The common denominator is tears. In the right time, at the right place, with the right support, about the right thing.
It’s no fun. None of us likes to cry.
But at some point you have to let that sh*t go and I personally haven’t found an easy way to do this.
The Good News is you come out the other side reborn.
You have more energy than you’ve ever experienced before. You feel lighter, happier, freer. Your mind is more open to new thoughts, ideas and stimuli. You experience more creativity, heightened enjoyment of activities, and most of all a greater sense of love, peace and ease.
Many years ago I read a psychology book titled “Too Scared to Cry”. The title is what drew me in; almost like a moth to a flame. I was both enthralled and slightly terrified at what I might read, learn or discover. It’s not a book I would encourage everyone to read, but we all have some tears locked away inside of us just waiting to overflow and come out. And once they do, and at least that portion and that piece of the trauma is fully worked through, they are gone forever. All of the energy we’ve expended in holding them back is finally released and freed up to spend on other things. We can stop holding that beach ball under the water. For me, it was like holding my breath for 30 years and finally being able to breathe!
Years ago, one of my very first coaches and a father of three said to me, “I have three children. Let me tell you, everything stops crying eventually.” (insert wink!)
I’ve always found this to be true.
Try not to let the tears scare you off, cried or uncried they’re there anyway. Any kind of Trauma Release work is worth it’s weight in gold. It will pay dividends that you cannot yet imagine or see.
If you’ve ever felt too scared to cry, I’d encourage you to explore one of the modalities I’ve mentioned above or find some kind of Trauma Release that works for you.
I hope this serves you well.
From My Heart to Yours,
p.s. My Dearest Sarah, thank you for parting the curtains and stepping into this world; a teacher, an inspiration and a muse. Keep in mind that both grounded bodies and ethereal beings are all Divinely Inspired. Each one is of unique value in their own time and place. And perhaps more “present” than we think. xo
Lynne… you have forever changed my life! Thank you for being part of this incredible journey!