Unfurl and Re-emerge After Trauma

Reclaim You

Unfurl and re-emerge are both verbs. 

Verbs symbolize movement.

Movement can take the form of growth. 

Growth can mean: 









and, even, 

learning to be still. 

Several acts of growth occur at once.

Recovery is movement. When you are in recovery from trauma—immediately after a recent trauma or, perhaps, decades afterwards—you move into a space within yourselfthat holds the memory of the pain. Sometimes we can plan to revisit those spaces through journaling, art, meditation, for example. Other times we may be overcome with memory, or what feels like memory, or like the feeling and experience of then. Those unpredictable moments can be scary and unnerving. It’s also natural even though it may not feel that way. The practice of trauma recovery is to take those until-now buried memories in whatever shape they present themselves, and begin to understand them, your relationship to them. This is the mindfulness part of recovery work. Through the practice of examining and dissecting and looking at these memories, and doing it is a way that is kind to yourself, you once again meet that part of yourself, take her hand, comfort her, and, bring her forward into today. This is called integration. 

You are both repairing something that was hurt or violated and, at the same time, you are growing.

Finding your way, your voice

While there is/was/and will never be only one way—one right way—to move through trauma recovery, we do know that buried trauma has a way of resurfacing and finding its way into one’s life, one’s self-perception, and one’s relationships—particularly the relationship with oneself. 

Recovery” is discovery…self-discovery—so individual. So personal. What could be more important than to unfurl from trauma into reconnection with yourself? 

My Voice Can Speak is a haven for you to visit, revisit, stay and find support to take with you throughout your day. We want this site to speak= to you and for you.



Photo by Elias Maurer on Unsplash

About the author 

Meredith Resnick

A licensed clinical social worker, Meredith is a member of the International Association for Journal Writing, the C.J. Jung Club of Orange County, California, and an associate member of the Trauma Research Foundation. She has a special interest in healing through the expressive arts.

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