Healing Trauma

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Good Evening, God

Yesterday, I was looking for something to counter the TV program my wonderful husband Kit was listening to, when I stumbled on to a talk by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. And I remembered reading his book, The Body Keeps the Score.

Then this morning, while mailing a package at the post office I thought I’d buy some stamps. Looking through the offerings I spotted Healing PTSD. Perfect! More and more, God, I am realizing that post traumatic stress is more prevalent than I’d ever realized. It isn’t just caused by wars . . . or domestic violence. Ordinary aspects of daily life can also impact us — perhaps with ever getting a conscious diagnosis.

For some reason this has captured my interest. Even just a five minute video helps broaden my understanding. This one on how neurofeedback changes the brain was fascinating.

It seems that — as the traumatized area of the brain is calmed — the Executive functions of the brain become stronger. The way to perceive progress is not so much the diminution of fear, but that the mind is able to learn and able to imagine the future.

I wonder, God, if folks who have difficulty accessing their executive functions might have hidden trauma that is impacting them? Right now, I am just thankful to have this area returned to my attention. What it might mean in my life is yet to be discovered.

Story teller,

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