it's another traumatic week 😞
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it's another traumatic week 😞

it's another traumatic week 😞

we've got some resources for understanding & mitigating trauma.

between the derek chauvin trial, the bigoted and hypocritical responses to "Montero," trans-antagonistic bills across the deep south, the never-ending pandemic, and the personal struggles we all carry... this week has been too much already. as i wrote about last fall, we are all experiencing several layers of ongoing trauma. to my black comrades, i cannot imagine what this week is like and i am holding space for you.

as we work towards what we could become, we can't ignore what's happening to us and our bodies in the here and now.

if you're feeling anxious, numb, or "off" this week it is likely a physical response to ongoing trauma. if you have survived trauma in the past, it's likely that those old wounds are aching in your subconscious and body.

in my experience, trauma is trapped grief, love, and righteous anger festering while it waits for the light. sometimes we aren't ready to bring it to the surface and each of us has a right to decide when it's time, but... eventually it will announce itself  with or without our permission. Stevie Elem-Rogers once warned me that if i didn't deal with my shit it would show up wine drunk in a bathroom one night like pop-up guess who, bitch! She has never lied and it has showed up just so many times.

i spoke to Darling Ryan this week about trauma and i've been thinking a lot about her poem below:

poetry from @_darlingryan on instagram

Trauma is a physical reality.

“Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves.” – Bessel van der Kolk
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
#1 New York Times bestseller “Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” --Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and …

Meditation & mindfulness is proven to increase trauma resiliency.

Headspace has a ton of free resources right now and it's as good a week as any to start a free trial.

We’re here for you - Headspace
There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. But one thing is certain — Headspace is here for you. To help you, we’re offering some meditations you can listen to anytime.

Trauma gets trapped in our bodies. Yoga and stretching are proven to help.

Jessamyn Stanley has a ton of accessible yoga resources for every body. Below is my favorite video to put on when i feel the stress poprocks going off in my body and mind.

Trauma is communal. Learning to support others in their trauma is mutual aid.

ACE training is free and open to everyone in Louisiana who wants to learn to better support trauma resiliency in their community.

I see the practice of ACE education as mutual aid for collective change so that those of us who have experienced trauma — whether at the individual or societal level — are met with kindness first. I dream that all of our children know they are worthy, capable, and loved by their elders and their community. I dream that we will have resources to share in our collective grief over this pandemic that is not over yet. I dream that we will have the necessary resources to fertilize our physical and cultural environments so that we can reshape our city, state, country, and world to be what we want it to be. – Laura Thornton, PhD.
Understanding Trauma and Cultivating Resilience is Mutual Aid
Content Warnings: This post discusses trauma including police violence, mental illness, abuse, and sexual assault. I felt like I had my career planned at 15, and it wasn’t supposed to focus on…

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with hope,

katie wills evans