Unfurl, re-emerge, and free your voice to speak
Unfurl and re-emerge are both verbs.
Verbs symbolize movement.
Movement can take the form of growth.
Growth can mean:
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 yourself that holds the memory of the pain, so you can emerge with more of you.
Sometimes we plan to revisit those spaces through journaling, art, meditation, therapy, for example. Other times we may be overcome with memory, or what feels like memory, or like the feeling and experience of what happened.
Those unpredictable moments can be scary and unnerving. They are also natural.
The practice of trauma recovery is to take those until-now buried, neglected, scary, grief-filled memories, in whatever shape they present themselves, and begin to understand them, your relationship to them, and your relationship to yourself.
This is the mindfulness part of recovery work. Through the practice of examining and dissecting and looking at these memories, with self-kindness, 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, individual and personal. What could be more important than to cultivate a reconnection with yourself?
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