TRAUMA'S LABYRINTH

FINDING WAYS OUT OF TRAUMA

Bessel van der Kolk’s “The Body Keeps The Score”

Bessel van der Kolk’s “The Body Keeps The Score”

I just started reading Bessel van der Kolk’s new book, The Body Keeps The Score. I’m thrilled one of the pioneers in the treatment of psychological trauma is sharing his wisdom in a style that is accessible to practitioners as well as people seeking to heal their own wounds — two groups that share a lot of overlap. Dr.…Continue Reading

Dreaming of a Safe America

Dreaming of a Safe America

  The airstrikes against the Islamic State, a decidedly violent and oppressive group, are deeply unsettling, bringing forth memories of 9/ll and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, along with fears that America will never extract itself from this region of the world, or be safe from revengeful terrorist groups. At such times, it’s natural to…Continue Reading

A Meditation on Violence Against Women and Nature

A Meditation on Violence Against Women and Nature

“He says that woman speaks with nature. That she hears voices from under the earth. That wind blows in her ears and trees whisper to her. That the dead sing through her mouth and the cries of infants are clear to her. But for him this dialogue is over. He says he is not part…Continue Reading

Imagining Suicide

Imagining Suicide

  Update, August 12, 2014: I feel deep sorrow for the apparent suicide of actor Robin Williams. The loss of such a prodigious talent, who has touched so many of us through his films, is hard to fathom. Sadly, his death is emblematic of the power of depression to blind even those with the seemingly…Continue Reading

“Unfinished Conversation: Healing From Suicide and Loss”

“Unfinished Conversation: Healing From Suicide and Loss”

Robert E. Lesoine’s best friend Larry took his life by suicide on October 15, 2005. Although Lesoine knew Larry was struggling with feelings of disappointment, dejection, and loss, along with the return of debilitating pain associated with a past injury, Lesoine did not see the intensity of Larry’s despair. In his grief, Lesoine, who practices…Continue Reading

“A Society That Could Heal…”

“A Society That Could Heal…”

“A society that could heal the dismembered world would recognize the inherent value of each person and of the plant, animal, and elemental life that makes up the earth’s living body; it would offer real protection, encourage free expression, and re-establish balance. Its underlying metaphor would be mystery, the sense of wonder at all that…Continue Reading

Too Stressed To Meditate?

Too Stressed To Meditate?

Buddhist psychology claims there are three primary feelings, or sensations, which meditation can help access: Pleasant, Painful, and Neutral. Arising from these primary feelings are our reactions to them, the so-called secondary emotions. For example, we feel desire or joy in reaction to pleasant feelings, anger or fear in response to painful feelings, and boredom…Continue Reading

The Sensorimotor Approach To Storying Trauma

The Sensorimotor Approach To Storying Trauma

Far too often, getting on with ‘everyday life’ requires suppressing the impact of traumatic stress on body, mind, and spirit. This self-imposed desensitization to one’s own suffering also lessens how empathetic we are to others’ suffering, including to their stories of trauma. Much like the Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, and blog aggregates that keep us…Continue Reading