Sadly when a person experiences trauma they feel no longer safe in their body. Dissociation is common for people who have experienced trauma. Dissociation can feel like you are leaving your body. Although it is a coping mechanism to protect you at the time of the trauma it does not provide true safety moving forward in your life and can leave you open to re-traumatize yourself.
Many people who experience trauma often find themselves in similar situations repeatedly until consciousness grows to prevent the situation from repeating. Naming patterns and catching them before they repeat is the healing. Situations may grow more and more subtle as healing occurs, as if to say “Have I really learned this lesson and all it has to teach me?”.
I received many life lessons from the trauma I experienced and I can happily say I no longer find myself in similar situations anymore. Now when a situation feels unsafe, before I commit I tune in, and ask God for guidance. Although my nervous system can sometimes fire a false red flag, more and more I feel confident trusting my intuition and avoiding situations rather than agreeing to events that feel unsafe.
Setting healthy boundaries, listening to the messages of my body and nervous system, asking for and following Divine Guidance, praying for protection, leaving situations that prove to be unhealthy, and knowing when to say “no thank you” are among the life lessons I have learned and actively practice now to prevent more trauma in my life. Establishing a movement practice has been an amazing way to dialogue with my body and really learn what a “no” feels like in my body and what a “yes” feels like in my body. When I workout I ask my body, “What do you need and how can I serve you?”. I ask my body before each new exercise, “do you want to do this movement?”. My intuition is growing stronger, so that now when I pray for guidance and ask my body what it needs, I see the next movement in my mind’s eye. Double checking the guidance I receive with God takes just a moment asking, “Is this the truth?”, and moving from there. It takes just about a breath’s worth of time if you are breathing long, slow, deep, breaths.
If this feels overwhelming, or too hard. Start simple. Ask your body, “Is there permission for me to Warm Up today?”. Since Warm Up is gentle, your body is free to decide, and no harm will be done if you are not sure of the answer. With time your ability to hear your own voice will grow. Ask God to increase your self-awareness so that you can truly know yourself in stillness and in motion.
If you have questions about how Warm Up can help you to heal from trauma and re-establish safety, trust, and health in your body, schedule a private session with Warm Up instructor Hawa Robin Cahn. Hawa uses principles from Pilates, Yoga, Craniosacral Therapy, and Spiritual Healing to get to the root of healing, transforming energy with love, prayer, and knowledge.