Series: Walking Away from Trauma- It Didn’t Start with You!

Trauma is defined by the American Psychological Association as, “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster… Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headache or nausea.”

Traumatic experiences make your thought processes become messy and disorderly. Eventually you only remember snapshots or fragments. The triggers to remember the gaps are sound, smell, taste, and hearing. Have you ever smelled a food that triggered a memory of a traumatic experience? For instance, when I would sit down to a plate of macaroni and cheese, pork chops, greens, and cornbread I heard in my head a familiar voice say, That food is gonna make you fat. Hearing that voice robbed me of tasting the food. It was so powerful that everything tasted bland and I ate in a rush. I’ve heard similar stories from other people that can identify with a song that was played and remembered being illegally touched. Unfortunately, these memories, if not allowed to speak and transformed into healthy beliefs they follow you into adulthood and steal you from living authentically in language, behaviors, and identity.

What I’ve learned in over twenty years is that what you’ve been through didn’t begin with you. If family members talked more about their upbringing you would see the pattern. But that is what trauma does, it silences you, or others that did speak out were not believed, which eventually manifested into anger, rage, denying the horrid moment and living in a fantasy world. All of these toxic emotions manifest into toxic behaviors and prevent you from living fully and confine your authentic self to an inward prison.

In this blog we will discuss ways that you can recognize, identify, and learn how to walk away from your trauma. Also, I have a podcast (“From Trauma to Triumph: Walking Away from Trauma” every Thursday, 7-8 p.m.) where I invite people to tell their story of how they’ve walked away, what they’ve learned, and how they are living authentically. I will also have therapist, counselors and natural healers to share their tips, strategies, techniques, and wisdom to guide you to your victorious side of living authentically in behavior, language, and identity. Come, join us and share. We’d love to have you!

Lastly, I will also suggest books, articles, magazines, even other sites that I read to assist me on my journey. What I say does not replace or remove what you are utilizing on your journey to assist you to walk away from trauma. I’m just a guide that if what I say can help, then I’m honored. If not, please share with someone else that it may help. Either way I thank you for taking your time to read my blog.

A new blog will be out every other Sunday and published on all of my social media sites.

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First Episode: “Identifying and Releasing Trauma” – 6/17/21

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